Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Surrounding Yourself With Excellence

To be a successful entrepreneur, you need a strong team behind you. But who should be on this team exactly? You need to surround yourself with people better than you. What do I mean by that? I mean you need to be able to identify excellence and immerse yourself in it!

Here are a few things to think about when your trying to find the right team members:

- Get educated on what you need. If you need a maintenance person to fix your farm equipment for example, learn a little maintenance yourself. With this knowledge, you can ask better interview questions and therefore weed out some of the applicants that actually don't know much about the topic.

- Come to terms with that fact that at times, things will go wrong. A great team member will be able to admit to mistakes and shake it off. Don't dwell on the negative (not you or the team member)!

- "Safe" leaves no opportunity for exploration. Excellent team members bring about change. You have to be OK with getting out of your comfort zone!

As an ag entrepreneur, what are some qualities you see in your most extraordinary team members? How have these team members helped your business grow?

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