A big part of my early failures wasn’t having the right people around me.  There were some painful lessons I had to learn to overcome this.  Pain and failure lead to growth and getting this right is non negotiable to be successful.

One of my favorite management books is “Good to Great” by Jim Collins.  He says, “building a company is like driving a bus. You need a driver, but you also need the right people in all the key seats.  So, says Collins, figure out how many key seats you have, and make a plan that will make sure you get all the key seats filled by the end of the year.”

Here are 5 tips on how to build a strong team:

  1. Give an honest evaluation of your strengths and weakness.
  2. Focus on people that compliment your strengths and make up for your weaknesses.
  3. Do your due diligence.  Integrity is not something to compromise on.
  4. Hold partners to the same standard you have and vice versa.
  5. The best way to get people to be as motivated as you is offering them some form of ownership.