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For most of the people who are engaged in entrepreneurship and create various business projects, the understanding of the role and the meaning of the word "Team" is far not an empty
sound. When you succeed in gathering the clever, responsible and interesting people around you, this is already “half the battle”. This said, all of us understand that the paramount
and decisive factor of the Success will be the atmosphere created in the team, as well as the readiness and ability to interact and provide mutual assistance.
Then, when it seems that all the main steps to the building of a Successful Team have been made, some inexplicable reasons arise hindering the development and performance.
Today we offer to talk of the reason that is most often difficult to understand and detect. Sometimes a quite successful "team player" may become this reason. Most often, this is
really one of the Leaders.
Let us call such a person "a suppressive personality", as his/her soaring ambitions "backed", as a rule, by the aggressiveness and envy, lead to the extremely heavy consequences. It
should be noted that gender does not matter at all here. This may be both a man and a woman.
To help understand our logic, let us consider one quite "domestic" case.
So, let us say, a certain Margarita Pavlovna (hereinafter – M.P.) is a girlfriend of Maria Ivanovna, with whom they work together in a company. By her nature, M.P. is just the one who
may be described as a suppressive personality; and surely, she holds a no small position in the team.
One day, M.P. drops in on her friend and starts a heart-to-heart talk in the course of which she shares a secret information received "from her own sources", "You know, Marsha, I have
just come to know that our chief is extremely displeased with you; and he is planning some disagreeable steps against you in the near future".
Having said this, M.P. leaves.
While Maria Ivanovna, who had been an exemplary employee until today, having done her work well and in time and being a real example for many colleagues, begins to think hard and
analyze the reasons of the chief’s dissatisfaction. She is looking for the answers, consulting her close friends and inquiring from the colleagues who, of course, cannot confirm
This continues long enough. Doubts and anxiety are eating on her; but Maria Ivanovna still lacks courage to go to the chief and ask him a direct question.
As the result, less and less time is given to work, more and more anxiety and negative emotions are accumulated; and the statistics, absolutely successful till then, begins to decline
Finally, time comes when the chief invites Maria Ivanovna to his office and announces, "You know, Marsha, I am quite dissatisfied with you. I do not like your results. You make too
many mistakes, and so on…".
As practice shows, the end of such stories is far from always happy.
We have given this example with the following purpose: in our opinion, building a Team, inviting the real professionals to join it, it is very important to agree upon the Rules from
the start. The main things in these Rules should be the openness, possibility and ability to conduct a dialog, desire and ability to talk about what interferes with the work and
disturbs the peace of mind.
Obviously, a decisive factor for all the Team members, starting with the Team’s chief, shall also be the ability to listen to each other and HEAR each other.
As for the company executive or owner, their primary task will be the ability to distinguish the real and sincere Leader able to rally the people around him / her from the hypocrite
who will eventually break any business and any Team.
In the near future we wish to share our opinion and offer several subjects for discussion, which, we believe, are the most topical and important. In particular, these are as follows:
Meanwhile, setting priorities, we have decided, to begin with, to detail our position concerning the role of Honesty in the achievement of the Success in business.
Of course, the subject may seem hackneyed and trivial, but we offer it proceeding from the analysis of our own mistakes, failures and achievements. As this subject is too broad and significant, it will require several interrelated articles.
Speaking of Honesty, we will be matching the concrete words, actions and promises to the expectations of the People: implemented and realized, or otherwise frustrated.
So, what do we read into the notion of "Honesty"?
For the last few years, in the business environment, words related to various expectations have been pronounced with increasing frequency.
Most often, their tone is utterly negative:
Really, all this causes anxiety and concern, as the current events regularly confirm the worst fears.
Our experts’ position concerning the economic outlook for the near future is neither causing optimism. All this leads to the disagreeable thinking of the future:
Our position and logic are as follows: it is time to “grow up” and start taking the well-balanced decisions.
Let us look at things objectively: it is far from always that we have taken on the task of deciding the matters of the business planning, strategies and tactics development, forming
the management models and quality control. It seemed to most of us that all this had been invented by the consultants just to draw the money from us.
Same way, the failure to perform the work or to provide a service in time was not considered anything quite exceptional.
We believe that today each businessperson thinking of his/her own business expectations should ask oneself a number of the key questions, i.e.:
We consider that it would be a gross mistake to start any serious projects now acting alone. Time has changed, and whatever it was possible to implement being driven by the enthusiasm
and the quick mind for business yesterday, is obviously insufficient today.
Besides, starting a new project or scaling your ongoing business, think of whom you will be able to sell it tomorrow; at what price; and how quickly.
These simple questions often seem naïve to us, and we do not think it right to ask them ourselves, sincerely believing that we are building the business "for ages" and not for sale.
However, this is a mistake.
The sense we have in mind writing this article is as follows:
These new avenues imply the following:
Everywhere, at all times, there has been an understanding that the success and achievements in business are made by the people and not by the machines. One can hardly argue with that – especially in our digital age.
They also say that the motivated staff will "move mountains", while it is quite meaningless to call the unmotivated people for anything.
This is why the Motivation is always playing the role of one of the main engines. What can be a better incentive than an honest and fair remuneration of labor and the rewards for results achieved?!
However, it is not always that even the well-prepared motivation systems work. The reason for that is honesty again. Or rather, its absence.
As experts, we can give many examples of the situation when even in the large and very large companies, where, as it might seem, the intelligence level and motivation systems must be on the verge of perfection, everything in reality is quite
The top management declares that equal opportunities are offered to everyone, and that the conditions are formed under which any staff member may grow, develop and earn good money.
However, afterwards a simple greed comes most often.
Especially, when the operating results are not sufficient for everyone.
Then the sheer hypocrisy begins. The top executives and the "elite" start to make adjustments, change the rules, and invent the additional conditions the fulfillment of which becomes obviously impossible.
In doing this, the decision-makers are forming their own legend justifying their actions, as they feel awkward at the beginning.
With time, they themselves begin to believe in the stories invented by them, and the shame passes.
What is in the end?! People's grudges again. Especially those people’s who strive and do their job honestly. The staff members either leave the company or cease to work at the level of their capabilities, as they do not know how to protect
As for the small business companies, there, most often, the truth is hard to find at all.
Very often, among the entrepreneurs honesty is in demand just as long as there is nothing to quarrel over. As soon as the results come, honesty "moves away".
Each tries to prove that it was he/she who contributed to the results, that it is he/she due to whom all the major Successes have been achieved.
Again, the same is repeated: feeling offended, disappointment, loss of emotions.
How to act in such cases, everyone decides for oneself and recommendations here are difficult to form.
Yet, we offer to start with questions to ourselves. How honest are we ourselves in relations with our Partners?!
As far as the situations when you are offended by the "big bosses" are concerned, we believe that the right thing is, most often, to make a difficult decision – to leave.
To leave in order to remain honest with oneself.
This is always very complicated, because of the fear of the unknown and uncertainty.
However, in our view, it is more important to save one’s own face and one’s own self.
Such a step will, most likely, let you take a new look at the world and the situation, find and see the new opportunities and, finally, believe in yourself again.
Otherwise, the soul will suffer, resentment will be accumulated, and all this will eventually lead to the "explosion".
The imparting of the necessary value to one’s own knowledge and skills becomes the most important task for each person.
Our abilities value and its size depend on a number of factors of which we shall talk in detail, discussing the nuances and particularities, and then offering the necessary
In the first instance, to form the value it is required that the wider public comes to know about us and our abilities. What is more, the recognition should (preferably) come at
the moment when there isn’t any special necessity in it for us.
Why is it important? We all know how difficult it may be to do or find anything when there arises a pressing necessity in it. At such moments, various hindrances and obstacles
tend to appear without fail. It is applicable to any situation:
Everyone of us knows that in such situations everything we want to buy proves to be very expensive, while all that is necessary to sell is depreciated. The specialists in our
profession are not wanted in the market just in the time when we are in need. And so on.
As the phrase goes, "as always at the worst possible moment".
As the result, many of us are overcome with emotion and dismal mood. Far from always, the reason gives us a right clue, though we try hardest to find ways.
We look for the information and refer to the specialized sites and platforms for help. Most of them are commercial ones, so the rules strictly regulate access to the information
there and its exchange, as they may only receive money from the employers or sellers.
In their turn, the Employers/Consumers most often refer with the questions on the search of personnel / services / goods when there is already a need in them.
And here again, the same "as always at the worst possible moment" law works. The employers need the employees; the applicants need a job; while the people and the companies that
fit together often fail to "meet each other".
Thus, the significance of the timely information on the opportunities existing plays one of the key roles in the formation of your skills
value. No wonder people say: "a spoon is dear when lunch time is near".
«The Red Miracle» Project
is by definition the Project of the Good, and is primarily socially-oriented.
The creation of the «Storeroom of Knowledge and Skills» was preceded by many
years of analytical work. This resulted in the formation of an unalterable opinin on the necessity of a database in which the data about any of your skills will be stored.
The information may be stored in the Storeroom for an indefinite time, and its retention period depends on you only.
In its turn, the access to this information will be free for all the potential employers, Buyers and Consumers.
The Red Miracle offers everyone to place the information on your knowledge and skills in the Storeroom. Even if there is no urgent need for it now, it would be right to do it to
be on the safe side, since, as we know, there are so many chances.
In our third lesson under the Salesmanship training program, we shall continue the talk about the formation of your knowledge and abilities value, and propose concrete solutions
for the increase of the attractiveness of your capabilities specifically.