How to Build the Right Team for Success


The hardest part about assembling this blog was coming up with the perfect pop culture reference point to base it around, and after much deliberation and back and forth (“a sports team is too obvious!” “Not everyone has seen Ocean’s 11” “Get off YouTube cat videos, you have a deadline!”) the perfect archetype finally revealed itself—assembling your team that will help you achieve your goals is like building a boyband—essential to success, because every member of your team plays an essential role in the overall harmony of the group. (Get it? Harmony?!)

Stay with us on this one, we’re going to prove it to you.

1. Each Boyband Member Plays a Specific Role

In every successful boyband, there is a bad boy, a shy one, a cute one, the “hot” one, and the class clown. It is known. No successful boyband has two bad boys or multiple Jonathan Knights (he was the shy one in New Kids on the Block, and this may seem like a controversial statement, but also the best New Kid. Don’t come @ us.)

The point is, boybands, like teams, should be comprised of multiple personalities and archetypes within the group; which should compliment and contrast each other.

You shouldn’t heavily stack your team with Lace Bass’ or Brian Littrells; you need to create a team that is well-rounded and can offer different advice for different occasions. Figure out what archetypes *you* need to grow and go out and find the people to get you there.

We recommend you figure out what qualities your Advisor should help you with, by working backwards from your overall success path. What is your goal? What qualities do you think you’ll need to get there? Who can help you with those qualities?

Don’t stack the deck with people who have too similar of qualities, or things you admire about them. The goal is to build a well-rounded team that can support you throughout your journey. You need different archetypes!

2. Successful Boybands, Like Teams, are Assembled (Not Born Organically)

Arguably the most successful boyband of the last ten years is One Direction (we’re purists and only acknowledge 1D in its original format with Zayne, ok?) and like the greats that came before them, One Direction was formed, not born.

On The X Factor, a UK singing competition show, the judges realized they didn’t have enough strong contenders to compete in the group category that year so they assembled a boyband from rejected contestants in the male soloist category—thus One Direction was created.

Why is this important to building your team? People who naturally group together tend to take on the same outlook and opinions as each other. When you’re building out your team, you want people who are going to offer you good advice and guidance on how to move forward—that means you don’t want your team to become an echo chamber of the same ideas and advice. You want different opinions and guidance to help you be as well-rounded as possible; which is why you need to create a team from different people who aren’t naturally already grouped together. Your team should be concurrently working to help you achieve success—if their ideas are the same then there’s no real point to having multiple Advisors is there?

3. They Work Together to Create an End Product

Boybands have something for everyone—there is not one lead singer who is always front and center (you’d be sorely mistaken if you thought Justin Timberlake always sang lead, my friend), they share the load. Some members are stronger singers than others, and a few (ahem, Danny Wood from NKOTB) were kept around mainly for their dancing and showmanship abilities. You put all boyband members together, and you have a hit album and a sold-out arena tour. While there are stand out members in a boyband, every member has their fans and their time to shine. The same should be for any team of Advisors.

You, my friend, are the end product. They are working in harmony to get you where you want to go. Some Advisors may have stronger skills in some areas than others, and one of your Advisors may be on your team for their highly specialized knowledge that you can’t get anywhere else.

You have to build a team that is able to look towards the end product (your success) as the overall goal and not focus on personal glory while getting there. Granted, your team isn’t having conferences about your development, but the point is—you need your team of Advisors to be ready, willing, and able to focus on your path when it’s showtime. We realize being your Advisor isn’t a fulltime job, but anyone who is willing to take on the role also needs to be willing to put your goal foremost in their mind when they’re working with you to achieve it. 

Any Advisor who can’t do that, you should tell them ...

but if you follow our advice...

when building out your team, your Advisors will always say...