Who is On Your Dream Team?

Black Women State of the Union producing team care of Huffingtonpost.com

I love the Summer Olympics. I am also an avid basketball fan. You can imagine the excitement I felt in 1992 when the National Basketball Association (NBA) assembled a group of its most talented players for the Barcelona Olympics. This group of elite players including Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson, became known as the original Dream Team. They easily won gold medals in the 1992 Olympics, because of their superior and diverse abilities. I quickly learned that the secret weapon of any successful person or organization is their uncanny ability to assemble a dream team consisting of educators, motivators and executors.

Educators serve as the teachers. They equip you with information and training to keep you competitive. Motivators are your cheerleaders. They inspire you during down times. Executors are the members of your team who make it happen. They have the right connections and experience to turn the impossible into reality. The cohesion and immense talents of your dream team help to propel your business.

Do you have a dream team? Who is on your team and what are their roles? If not, now is the time to put together a group of people who complement and challenge your abilities. Here are some tools to help you assemble a life changing dream team.

1. Evaluate your current squad. I once read a statement by Bishop T. D. Jakes that said, “If you’re the smartest person in your circle, you’re in the wrong circle – you’ve outgrown it. It’s time to move to the next level.” Though this statement may appear self-serving, it illustrates the need to be in a constant state of movement to achieve success. It challenges its readers to evaluate current relationships to determine growth potential. A mentor told me, “Surround yourself with people who are smarter and more talented than you.” This is a mantra that I apply in business and life. Ask yourself, “Am I growing as a member of this group?” If you answer no, then it is time to move on or step up as a leader. Either way, you need to make changes to prevent stagnation.

2. Write a vision. Make it plain. I believe in the power of the written word. Vision boards have become popular for illustrating life goals related to career, family and more. Use that same concept to demonstrate what you want in a dream team.                                     

Each member of your dream team must play a specific role and compensate for where you lack. Whether your team consists of educators, motivators and executors or you define your own positions, they should be willing players who understand their roles and are eager to see you win.

Vonna Matthews

Vonna Matthews is a marketing and branding expert who has over ten years experience working with non-profits and small businesses. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from Dallas Baptist University. As a wife, mother of 2 and entrepreneur, Vonna understands the challenges of work/life balance. Her brand Bottles, Bibs & Pumps helps mompreneurs grow their businesses.

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