by Terry Flanagan
Your next opportunity may be right under your nose. When people with common values and objectives—coachable individuals with unique expertise come together, they can deliver value in a very short timeframe.
Eighteen months ago, four of us formed a new advisory firm, “ATVM - A Third View Medical. The reasons we believed this was the right thing to do may have broad implications for other new and established companies.
At the early stages of a business, the team is certainly the most important element. It can be argued that it’s ALWAYS the most important element. Examine your team. Ask yourself if the other founders share the same values:
- Trust and knowledge of one another
- A high level of ethical competence
- A strong work ethic
- A high standard of performance
- An unquestioned desire to deliver value to the client
You might identify other values than these, but it’s important that the ENTIRE TEAM hold them in common and hold them passionately. Three of our partners knew each other from their association with IMC, the Institute of Management Consultants, so we had time to build relationships, observe, and be sure of one another.
Ask yourself: “Does my team share common values? Am I sure?” If the answer is YES, then you have a key element to a great organization. Continue reading