At McBride For Business, LLC and The R. Shawn McBride Law Firm, PLLC, we are growing businesses. We are not only working with other people to help their growth, but we are dealing with our own internal growth. We’ve been an expanding organization for some time, and we’ve had to deal with the realities of keeping our teams coordinated and having a consistent culture. We’ve also worked with our other clients in this area. What we’ve come up with is a few fundamental things that we think are key to teams working together to allowing growth, and allowing the business to go to the next level. What are some key things?
#1 Communication. We need to have the team communicating. We need to make sure everybody’s on the same page and rowing in the same direction. In our business, we use email, telephone calls, and group team calls where we talk about what everybody’s doing and how the coordinated whole works together. Everybody needs to know what everybody’s doing. Everybody sitting in the dark, or working separately going in a different direction, is going to lead to unexpected outcomes. People are going to be doing things that they didn’t know that others were doing, doing duplicate work. Then more importantly, there will also be holes. There will be things that will be completely missed.
#2 Cooperation and collaboration. We make sure our teams are working together as a whole. We make sure that everybody is on the same team and that our efforts are coordinated. One person will be working on one aspect of a project and another person will be working on another aspect of the same project. When brought together, we create a sum that’s greater than the parts.
#3 Another thing that we work on is compromise. Some projects will be very popular. A lot of the team members will want to work on them. Other projects will be not nearly as popular, so will not want to spend as much time on those. The work still needs to be done. The output needs to be done for the clients or for the business. What do we do? We communicate, as we discussed before, and then we make sure we compromise. We make sure that somebody’s picking up the ball, and that somehow it’s getting accomplished.
These three Cs are key to keeping our teams coordinated, and keeping us moving forward in a path of growth. Interestingly, these three Cs that are key to success in our business are also success items that we find women in business partnerships take advantage of. You can see more discussion of those advantages and these three Cs in Shawn’s prior blogs and Shawns’s TED Talk from Topeka, Kansas, for the TEDx Topeka Women Event (2016).
What’s been your experience with cooperation and communication? How have you worked together with others? How have you kept things moving forward? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
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Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.yourbusinessspeaker.com), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org or (214) 418-0258.
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