Monday, 15 July 2013

The Swagger Way

"My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people." - Steve Jobs, 60 Minutes, 2003

The Swagger Team.

At Swagger, we are always EXTREMELY BUSY, which is a good problem to have. Everyone always has something to do. For some people, a heavy workload can be daunting, but I have found when you have a great team of people, you can accomplish ANYTHING. As I began to reflect on our accomplishments over the last few weeks, I started to think about what “really” makes a good team. So I did some research, observed our team, and finally decided on five characteristics (I believe) that lead to our team's success. I know everyone is dying to know what swag the Swagger Team actually possesses.

One of our key characteristics is our ability to examine current processes and develop new processes as needed. In our industry our tools and technology are constantly changing, the way information is used is constantly changing, and our team changes as it grows.  It really helps us to constantly examine the way we do things, and make changes as needed that not only benefit our team, but in turn benefit our clients. We are always looking for ways to be the most efficient at what we do.

As a team we focus on solving the problem, instead of just fixating on the problem itself. Problems arise daily. Instead of wasting time focusing on the fact a problem exists, everyone gets into problem-solving mode. We recently experienced an issue with some coding. Instead of focusing on the fact there was an issue, we put our brains together to come up with a number of solutions that can help solve this. Then we begin to go through each solution until we found the one that worked. 
The Boss.
Another successful trait is our ability to identify our resources within our team and use them. Our leader has a great eye for talent, and knows how to incorporate those talents to benefit our team, which in turn benefits our clients. Through my experiences, I have found that individuals flourish when their skills and talents are used appropriately.  It can be very frustrating when you're forced to do a task that doesn’t fit your skill set on a daily basis.
As a team we value each other, so when one team member is down, or someone’s workflow is overflowing, we all step in to help. Good success can happen with an individual, but GREAT success happens as a team.

Our most important characteristic is that we all share the same common goal. We all want to help our clients succeed in telling visually appealing stories. We all want to put the best work out into the world.

These are just some of the characteristics I believe lead to our team's success. I encourage the next time you have a moment to reflect, take a look at your team, and think about all the great characteristics that make your team awesome. Once you're done, you will have a greater appreciation for everyone on your team. I know I do.  Always remember: 

“... Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.”  - Steve Jobs

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