As much as I loved the campy TV show of the 80’s, that’s not what I’m talking about. What I mean, is that I’m always on the lookout for members of my crack team of collaborative commandoes. I think finding those perfect personalities is almost more important than finding new clients. Because in order to do great things, you need great people.
What makes an A-Team? Its probably different for everyone. I look for boundless energy, optimism, and charisma. Leaders who – by themselves – could do great things. But when you put a few together and you’ve got an unstoppable force! Sounds great, but where do you find them? Everywhere.
I try to meet as many people as I can and get to know them. Often times, right under your nose, are neighbors, friends of friends, clients, vendors, and even competitors who can help you.
Assuming that overachieving leaders are probably in great positions already, I’m content to sit tight until a transition occurs. Change can happen rapidly – so stay alert. I also like to let people know that I’m fishing – always open for new opportunities. That way, like-minded professionals might find me as well.
Lynda Gratton and Tamara J Erickson published a much higher-level view of team building in the Harvard Business Review, called, “Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams.” Although it discusses building teams of 100 or more, I think their principles are solid goals for any team.
I keep my eye on potential A-Teamers. I’ll stay in touch and keep the relationship positive. At the very least, we may share some resouces and hopefully, I can learn from them. When the time is right, something will happen.