This is the first in a four part series examining the process of hiring, training, and developing efficient teams.  

What is one thing that almost every successful business has in common?

A great product, a huge marketing budget, and a strong sales strategy are all popular answers to this question, and they are all important.

But if a business doesn’t have a productive team, it is not going to reach its potential.

An innovative product is fantastic, but without a skilled team to manufacture and sell it, it’s not going to matter. A large marketing budget is a fantastic tool to help grow a business, but without the people in place to get the message out, no amount of marketing can save a business. And you can have the greatest sales strategy in the history of the world, but without a team to execute it, it’s going to flop. I’ve seen each of these scenarios play out many times over the years!

A productive team ensures that your business systems run the way they were designed. A well-trained team provides great customer service and keeps the day-to-day operations at your business moving smoothly. Without a strong team, you as the business owner are forced to spend all of your time babysitting, leaving you with no time to grow the business.

On the other hand, an effective and well-trained team is the most valuable asset you can have. If you can depend on your team to consistently execute the systems that you have created, the sky’s the limit for your business. And that’s no exaggeration!

In the next three articles in this series, we are going to take a closer look at the process of developing strong teams in the workplace. In the meantime, take some time to evaluate the effectiveness of your employees. Are they motivated? Are they effective with their time and with your resources? Can you trust them to do their jobs right, or do you have to babysit? Stay tuned for the rest of this series as we learn how to build a team capable of taking your business to the next level.