Lee Wilkinson

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If you were going to put together a team of people to create a dream team for success what kind of people would you have on the team?

If you were going to put together a team of people who would support you in achieving your goals what kind of people would you have on that team. I don't mean the Donald Trumps or Alan Sugars of the world, I mean the type of people who might be great mentors of coaches and what areas of life would they be from?

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    Feb 20 2011: In addition to all that was said on the thread, I would add either people who do not discuss religion, politics, or sex/sexual orientation, or people who find each other's views mutually acceptable. I have been in a group with amazing, diverse people. Someone blurted out how much they hated people who held a specific political position. Immediately the group polarized and started to disintigrate. Either keep the conversation focused on the task at hand (my preferred tact) or pre-screen out people with strongly held beliefs that could be in conflict with others in the group.
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      Feb 20 2011: Again I agree in that I believe most projects if not all would benefit from an absence of politics and religion is such a personal thing that it is best left to the individual. It would seem that a team would benefit from an agreement to leave their personal beliefs at the door and agree to come together for a greater good.
  • Feb 19 2011: Every team needs a leader to bring focus and direction to the team. They leader must recognize and mobilize the varied skillset of the individual members, in pursuit of the objective, and to accomplish the goal. If a good leader can keep his skilled team on task, there is virtually nothing they can't accomplish.

    So, your real question should be- what makes a good leader?
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      Feb 19 2011: That's food for thought. One is dependent on the other. However if one stands up to lead we should know where we are trying to go first in order to get the best team we can.
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    Feb 19 2011: So in building a team of people in order to be part of the solution in today's issues (Economic crisis etc) would you say the qualities which have been mentioned are as important or maybe more so that say a specific quality in finance or design for example. The thinking would be that a team of people with the qualities mentioned would be more equipped to address and solve most problems than a team possibly limited by each having only one aspect of knowledge?
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      Feb 19 2011: Lee, regardless of the qualities we mentioned, I think, if you want to build a rocket, you still need engineers who know how to build one. However there are other, "softer areas" in business, where you have more flexibility in your choice of people (e.g. sales, marketing, human resources, ....). In other words, most successful business will have to rely on some specialists in their particular field. The ideal would be to find these below mentioned qualities in those specialists as well.
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        Feb 19 2011: Thank you Harold, I would have to concur. I believe a mix of both is what is called for. Obviously no matter the talent, integrity and humility are good also.
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    Feb 19 2011: I think Nafissa summed it up pretty good. I would add, the individuals also must be good team players and highly flexible (in the sense that they don't accept dogmas)
  • Feb 19 2011: Simple, people with integrity and humility.
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    Feb 19 2011: That's precisely what I would look for. How about someone who had experience in team building or conflict resolution. An educator who has broken the bounds of the traditional education system and inspired young people to learn and create?