April 04, 2018
Building the ‘dream’ team
By: Caroline Burke

Coming together is a beginning;
Keeping together is progress;
Working together is success.

- Henry Ford

Starting out on a new business venture can be challenging and often risky so ensuring you have the right people by your side to face the difficulties with is important.

There is three key parts of any good team:

Team Work

Several characteristics come to mind on what makes a good team including ambition, passions, interests, influence, collaboration and most importantly communication.

  • A good team knows how to communicate not only to their client but amongst one another.

  • Each member of the team should know each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

  • A sense of belonging and mutual respect is key in a good team where each member of the team contributes, listens to one another, encourages opinions and liaises harmoniously

  • A cohesive team should work together with the same end goal in mind and a mutually agreed objective

  • Show appreciation when a job is well done – this will make the team members involved feel appreciative and inspired to continue.


A diverse range of skillsets is crucial when building a team with each individual offering different experiences. That is why it is important to know and understand the individual with who you work with.

Performing an audit of your team’s abilities and skillsets can be important to see where competencies and weaknesses lie, and may also reveal what capabilities may need more work.

Some key skillsets to have on a successful team are:

  • Leadership and industry specific skillsets

  • Good organisational skills and time management skills

  • Problem solving

  • Effective communication skills

  • Motivation and passion and commitment

Key Roles

While every team needs a leader to drive a project and manage outputs, teams often work the best when there is well-defined roles and responsibilities for each member. It is important to know your limitations and realise that you cannot be an expert in everything but a team can be stretched across a number of disciplines. By working together and allowing each to specialise in their own expertise, it motivates people and ultimately produces the best results reducing the chance for conflict. With individual roles, the business development process can move quicker and more effectively with all members contributing towards a common goal.

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