Life, Liberty, & Happiness

Team: Considerations & Insights


hether we are promoted from the inside or hired from the outside, we each inherit an existing team when we come into a leadership/management role.

We inherit their ambitions, aspirations, hidden agendas, trust (or mistrust), loyalty (or lack of loyalty) and competencies (or incompetencies).  We are challenged to do some type of assessment of the individual contribution each person makes – both to the team and the organization.  As you begin your assessment of the team, keep in mind the environment in which people have become accustomed to operating and how it may have shaped their past decisions and actions.   Below I have outlined some thoughts to keep in mind when shaping your management team:

Establishing a strong team is the best first step a leader can take toward executing a vision.  You can’t execute a vision alone.

Avoid surrounding yourself with people like you – build a team with similar values but complementary skills.

Recognize that everyone has certain aptitudes and natural strengths / talents – organize the team so that each individual is playing to their individual strengths.

The bench strength / talent of the team will be the limiting factor of executing the vision – you won’t achieve more than the mental / intellectual capacity of the team.

As you evaluate the team you inherit – carefully study how well they are in control of their area and their command over the numbers / operating metrics of their area – if they don’t have intimiate detail knowledge – they likely need to be replaced with someone who has the capacity to execute to that level of detail.

Think quickly, act thoughtfully - people have enormous capacity if you give them a chance, set clear expectations, and hold them accountable.

You need someone you can trust with whom you can brainstorm, test waters, and gather opinions – an honest sounding board.

Set your meeting agendas and expectations clearly – poorly run meetings are one of the largest drains of time, money and intellectual capital.  If you can’t run a meeting well, you likely can’t run a department nor a company.

Keep a short list of the top 3-5 priorities for the company – and keep everyone focused on these top priorities.

Lead by example – actions are always louder than words.  Be a living example of the behaviors you wish others to exhibit.  They will.

About Dr. Michael Burcham

Michael is an executive coach, entrepreneur, investor, and strategist with 30 years of experience leading investor-backed, high-growth organizations.

“I built and sold a $40M company with Dr. Burcham as my mentor. This is the thing: if you EVER get the opportunity to learn from this man, from that moment forward, you’ll list him as one of the most influential people in your life, even if you live to be 90. And, you’ll know how lucky you were to have that opportunity and you’ll immediately say YES to any chance to be in his presence again—his wisdom is that impactful.”

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann

Former CEO, Letter Logic

“If you are looking for a trusted mentor and coach for yourself or your leadership team, I highly recommend Michael Burcham. He has worked with me as my executive coach for well over a decade now. Our conversations and his feedback have helped me sharpen my critical thinking skills. He’s a trusted advisor that I can confidentially speak with about any issue—and I know I’ll get valued feedback. I highly recommend him.”

Ryan McGrath

CEO, Asset Living

“Dr. Burcham’s depth and breadth of experience makes even the most ADD entrepreneurial leader sit up and take notes! His coaching skills bring out the ‘best you’ possible. He selflessly shares the good, the bad, and the ugly—leaving you with an authentic and moving experience sure to spur action and professional growth!”

Julie Lenzer

Director, U.S. Department of Commerce


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