These are the best-kept secrets of building great teams

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Cozymeal is a cooking company that operates in San Francisco. It is revolutionizing team building activities by getting your hands dirty. If you want an exercise to bring your team together, call Cozymeal. A chef will come to you, armed with aprons and spoons. He has no set instructions, only creativity. He will help you mix ingredients and encourage you to socialize with other people. If you desire to transform your workforce from a group of people to a team, call Cozymeal. Many other companies are capitalizing on this need to bring people together to be more productive. How do successful leaders create world-class teams? …

The acronym is SEARCH holds the secret.

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Dr. Ned Hallowell is one of the world’s leading experts on grabbing and holding people’s attention. He often speaks about the importance of getting people’s attention and maintaining their attention in any business venture and marketing campaigns. If you are a marketer, you have to learn how to do both of these tasks very well.

How do you get someone’s attention?

According to Dr. Hallowell, the acronym SEARCH holds the secret to grabbing people’s attention.

  • S — Scare
  • E — Excite/Educate
  • A — Attack/Annoy/Amaze
  • R — Reassure/Reward
  • C — Charm
  • H — Help

Scare: Mainstream media have used this method to get people’s attention for a long time.

Excite / Educate: Humans like to look at moving and fast objects or anything that provides them with information that they care about. …

Enjoy your day with your family and friends.

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Enjoy your day with your family and friends.

This year was a challenging year for many of us. Our lives were impacted in so many different ways.

Some of you may have lost a job, and you may know someone who lost his or her life. Some of you are fighting battles that no one knows anything about. I understand your pain, and I know that each of you has a fantastic story worth sharing with others.

Christmas might be different this year, but my intention is still the same, I intend to pause and reflect on my thoughts, feelings, and actions. …

What is the first step in building great teams?

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What is Whakapapa?

The Maori people in New Zealand have a spiritual concept called Whakapapa. The principle behind the idea is that each of us is part of an unbreakable chain of people back to our ancestors, and we are part of a chain of people into the future to the end of time.

So, we are all connected, and the desire to connect is an innate human desire. Our connection gives us a sense of identity, a purpose, a vision of what we are trying to accomplish together. We connect through values, rituals, traditions, and these make our bonds unbreakable.

So, when I work with teams to strengthen their sense of identity, I ask everyone, “What connects you? Their answers hold the key to what we need to work on. It tells me if we have a team or a group of individuals that work against each other to achieve uncommon goals. …

What are you chasing?

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Steph Curry has not played a meaningful basketball game in the last 300 days, and he is about to play his first game in a few minutes. No, This is not a basketball blog. It is a blog about helping you to become your future self and to ship your work daily.

That is why I’m sharing this. When Shaq O’Neal asked Curry, “What does it take to get to the top again?” Curry responded, “Falling in love with the chase.”

Curry is one of the best shooters in the game’s history who motivates himself by falling in love with the chase. …

Just Start

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What if your goal was progress, not perfection?

What if your motto was practice makes progress, and not practice makes perfect?

If your goal is to be perfect, you will have a hard time starting. Fear will slow you down, and you will start telling yourself, “ I need the perfect technique, the perfect website, the perfect college degree, etc.”

These excuses are lies, but they are so convincing. They are compelling because they confirm your suspicion that you are not ready yet. …

Yes, we do.

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Do we have a choice? Yes, we do.

People ignore working on their dreams; they pass a homeless man without helping him; they buy books with no intention to read them.

People have choices. This is a good and bad thing at the same time.

It is good because we all love choices. It is terrible because we lose our sense of urgency. We do not work on our dreams because we tell ourselves, “We will do the work later.” We pass a homeless man without helping because we tell ourselves, “Someone else will do it.” …

Simon Cowell was nice

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Last summer, Brandon Leake made history by being the first spoken word artist on America’s Got Talent. At the end of the show, Simon Cowell told him, “I should not be judging you. I should be complimenting you.”

How often do you meet someone so good at their craft that they leave you no option but to compliment them? What does it take to be so good at your job that people can’t ignore you?

To be so good that people can’t ignore you, you must be dedicated to your daily routine. You must be able to survive the boredom of showing up every day. Doing the Work every day can be boring because it is repetitive. However, mastering your craft is exciting. …

Jessica does feel like it.

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Amateurs do good work when they feel like it, and professionals do great work regardless of how they feel.

Jessica owns a small boutique not too far away from my home. If you visit Jessica five minutes after she opens or five minutes before she shuts her store down, you will get the same experience. She will welcome you and make you feel like the most important person in the world.

I asked her, “How do you do great work every day?” She said, “ I’m a professional, everyone is not my customer, but everyone is my guest.”

Professionals have bad days, but you won’t know about them. When they feel bad, they dig deep, push harder, and sometimes rest better than most people. Being a professional is not about doing great work all the time. It is about knowing when to take a step back, rest, reflect, and recharge. …


Louie Rahil, MBA

This blog focuses on personal & professional development for business owners. I solve small business big problems.

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