The importance of Building great teams

It’s Christmas, I should probably be in bed in lue of a very long yet eventful day ahead. I’ve also been avoiding my academic studies, but I have given myself a commitment to write one blogpost a week at the very least.

When strategising and building such grandiose plans for the long-term, it is easy to forget about one important characteristic: the “who”.

Who is your ideal candidate that you want working beside you in the technical area, or dealing with sales and marketing, and even with product design. I’m always speaking to people about a skill gap that they are on the lookout for in others, who will allow them to fulfil projects and work on exciting ideas that are guaranteed to lead to the next Facebook vitality.

Personally, I’ve found reaching out to others comprises of only one step of this process, as the person has got to want it as much as you. They have to share that desire to create remarkable things and work on exciting projects, on top of everything else they’re doing, be it academic and/or work commitments.

In Good to Great by Jim Collins, it has been noted that great CEOs don’t focus on where the bus is going firstly, but rather who is on the bus and given the right people are on the bus, are they in the right seats? This idea has resonated with me, and I’m very thankful to be in a position I’m in that with the projects I’m working on, I feel the people around me share the same beliefs, the same ethos and the willpower to do create something worthwhile. So if there is anything I’m grateful for this holiday season, it’s the opportunity to work with these people everyday.

Don’t waste another minute.

Whatever you’re doing at this very moment are you happy with life and the circumstances you’ve created around you (NOT the circumstances that life has given to you)?
Do you feel that you’re using your time to the best of your ability? The activity you did this morning, or yesterday or last week that was so trivial that didn’t really surmount to anything, was it really the best use of your time?
Were you actually striving to achieve your long-term goals, or did you feel that you could have directed your efforts to a greater cause?

The reason I’m writing this post is for different reasons to my usual “I feel the world needs to hear my thoughts, so I’m going to blog about whatever I feel like” reason. I came across an image, one I myself took at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art. It was a fascinating image in so many ways, at the time I felt it was apt to designate its context and meaning to my own life.

“Don’t Waste Another Minute” was displayed in orange letters, on a white background. I came across this image and thought about it for a long time. I took the picture, and moved on to the next portrait. My thoughts on the image, lost in the dust and musings of my brain and mind. Who really has time to think about a singular image for more than a minute?
I came across the image a couple of months later whilst fiddling around with iPhoto. Again, I looked at it and thought about the powerful words with the striking background. Don’t waste another minute.

This is probably the one phrase that will stick with me for a long time for numerous reasons. Who I was with, my feelings and thoughts at that particular moment and where I was, as well as the journey I knew I was about to embark on- all important reasons to why this image still resonates with me.
The bottom line:

I guess what I’m trying to say, is to not waste another minute. Go ahead and act as if your decisions are temporary. Because they are. Be bold, make mistakes, learn a lesson and fix what doesn’t work. Achieve your goals. Find your core reasons for being. Then give it your all plus that extra 10%. And in the end be happy that you made a difference, accomplished something meaningful, added value to the world, and had fun all the while. Just don’t waste another minute.