This past weekend wrapped up consecutive weeks of putting on the NorthStar Leadership Conference. Three years ago this was just an idea in my head. Now it’s a yearly event designed to bring together college students who want to be leaders in the justice movement. One of the ideas I shared this past weekend was this:
If your vision/idea/dream doesn’t require a team, it’s time to dream bigger.
There are many ideas you can pursue on your own, but the ones that you are going to be most proud of will require a team. The ones that change the world, require a team. The ones that make the most impact will require a team.
NorthStar is a great example of something that required a team. There were more than a dozen people on our team that worked for months to create the experience. There is zero doubt that the event was better because of the team. In fact, without the team I guarantee it wouldn’t have happened.
A few thoughts on teams:
⁃ If you don’t build a team, you either don’t know how or you are afraid too. Both need to change.
⁃ The first step in building a team is to ask someone to join your vision/idea. If you don’t ask, they won’t join.
⁃ A team is a group working on shared goals and vision, not just people working on your vision.
⁃ The more buy-in a team has on the vision, the greater the impact will be.
⁃ On a team, members have clearly defined roles. Taking the time to do this in the beginning goes a long way in the success of the team.
⁃ A win is a team win. A loss should fall first to the leader.
What requires a team:
⁃ Putting an astronaut on the moon
⁃ Winning the Super Bowl
⁃ Writing a best selling novel
⁃ Starting a church
⁃ Opening a non-profit
⁃ Creating an event
⁃ Playing in a band
⁃ Your idea here _____________
Some ideas you don’t think require a team, but really do. Olympic athletes have teams, even for individual sports. Novelist have teams. Chefs have teams. Musicians have teams. They’ve all realized that they can go further/faster and do more/greater things with a team than alone.
What are you doing that requires a team?