Friday, June 18, 2010

Small Teams, Big Results

Seth Godin's book, Linchpin, is a real great book. I highly recommend it. It's Seth's most personal, from-the-heart message yet.

One thing he said that was simple and powerful is:
In order for us to succeed on a project or a challenge, we need to have the smallest, most-engaged team possible.

Too often we have ten people with various levels of commitment tackling a project, when a smaller team of four, if totally dedicated to the success, would be far better.

Why do we run into this issue in businesses so much? He are my thoughts:
1) We think throwing people at a problem will ensure results
2) We don't want to burden a person with responsibilities, so we semi-burden two or three
3) Some of us like building our empire or a big team because it feels powerful
4) We allow ourselves to be too busy to think about the right people on the team, so we throw more people in because we think it can't hurt

The smaller the team, the more clear the goals, the answers, and the responsibilities.

Barry LaBov
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