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    Business Management: Build a Winning Team in 3 Steps
    James Nagy
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    Business Management: Build a Winning Team in 3 Steps

    The key to a winning team will always be effective leadership. As a leader, whether as a business owner, management, or a business consultant –learning to build a winning team is an invaluable skill.  A team that works successfully and cohesively together is a team that takes productivity to the next level. As a consultant, I’ve had the pleasure of spending mass amounts of time with different organizations. I’ve been able to watch businesses grow and change from the ground up. Whether a business is just starting out or has to be completely restructured, building a strong team is the biggest resource to success.

    Through my years of business management consulting, as well as owning my own businesses, here are the three steps to building a winning team:

    Trim the Fat

    Find the Right Players

    Practice Fundamentals

    How do you trim the fat of the people you’ve inherited and bring in resources that can be a winning team?  You have to start by taking inventory. Who are your players? What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? You should see, fairly early on, who is an asset to the business and who is draining resources, morale, or time. Trim the fat where you can. This is where the “business over people” mentality has to come into play. You may like someone as a person while ultimately deciding that they aren’t what is best for the business. If you want to build a winning team, you have to make the tough choices.

     The second key step to building a winning team is finding the right players. You can’t just trim the fat and leave yourself and the rest of your organization floundering. Find the right players –the star players. Spend some of your budget on some serious assets. Finding the right players is twofold. You are looking for experts in their field to take you to the next level while also finding players who are willing to work hard for the common goals of your business.

    Once you’ve trimmed the fat and pulled in some star players, you have to have everyone go back and practice the fundamentals. It’s great to have superstars, but it’s not as great to have superstars who have forgotten the basics. Cover all of your bases. This is the same as a superstar sports team. It’s great if they can score those points –but they still have to remember how to dribble the ball.

    When you have your team in place, you have to remember to lead by example. Even the best teams will fall apart without effective leadership. Do you want more engaged employees? Become more engaged yourself. Do you want more productivity? Lead by example. Model the performance and the drive that you are looking for in your team. Expect that, reinforce that, and follow those same expectations yourself.

    What do you think the most important steps are to building a winning team? What is the biggest downfall of leaders and teams in the business world? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

     
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    As a strategic leader and entrepreneur, James Nagy has a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies to drive sales, marketing, product development, and profitability. He is known for identifying and capitalizing on market trends, developing effective tactics for implementation, enhancing operating performance, and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner. Skilled at working across operations, James builds strong, cross-functional relationships and communicates complex technical information to diverse internal and external stakeholders.

    A big picture visionary, James identifies and reacts to market trends, providing disruptive strategies that go beyond IT to include sales, marketing, and product portfolio management. Building on his experience as Director of Software Development with premier companies Midas International Corporation and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., James launched two successful consulting companies, Sprocket Websites Inc. and J&S Tech Designs. As the Managing Director, he provides innovative solutions to clients in small- and mid-cap companies.

    When he is not advising other business leaders, James lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He is a Founding Member & Committee Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; he serves on multiple teams and committees for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; he is a Founding Member of the Chicago Area DNN User Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the New West Symphony. In his free time, James enjoys Sci-Fi, coin collecting, traveling and wine tasting.

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