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It  is fantastic to fall in love with your business again by creating a winning team to make it happen. Sometimes a business owner looks at the business she worked so hard to create and she is filled with sadness and disappointment. The business she created no longer exists. The culture is distasteful and coming to  work brings tension and anxiety. That business owner needs to take action now and build a team that will help her make her business what she wants it to be once again.

When a business owner has employees, partners and others working with her, she cannot and should not be doing it all alone. Instead she should take steps to gather those around her to be a team, a cohesive unit that will help her accomplish her mission. The crucial question then becomes how does one go about building a team. The following are a list if the minimal roles team members are needed to fill:

  • Lookout
  • Side partner
  • Rear guard




The lookout is the team member responsible for looking ahead and navigating the path to be travelled. It is crucial that the person charged with the responsibility of being the lookout must be given a clear understanding of the business’ mission. This means the business needs to have a complete and updated business plan for the loockout to follow.  The business owner must provide the direction and plan the lookout needs in order navigate.

Side guard

The side guard is the team member responsible for walking beside the business owner to make sure she follows the path set by the lookout. The side partner makes sure that the business partner does not stray too far from mission. This is important because the mission will not be completed successfully and efficiently if the business owner is not diligent about sticking to the mission described in the business plan.

Rear Guard

The rear guard is the team member responsible for looking behind the business owner for threats that may occur. The rear guard is important because she  look around for dangers and threats the business owner may not see coming. Additionally, the rear guard sees where the entrepreneur has fallen short on the journey and can guide the entrepreneur back to the mission at hand.



In conclusion, it is fantastic to fall in love with your business again by creating a winning team to make it happen. So, the question for you this fantastic day is, what steps are you taking to build a team that will help you love your business like never before?

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  1. Ave T

    I really like to team up with other bloggers and help each other out! Thanks for great ideas!

  2. sahmreviews

    The most successful thing I have done recently is move from Blogger to WP. It has truly helped me fall in love with blogging all over again.

  3. shopwithmemamakim

    This is a very interesting article! Thanks for the ideas!

  4. Debbie Denny

    Good ideas. I am on my own but find the idea interesting.

  5. Mama to 5 Blessings

    Right now the team is just me! Someday I may get a co-blogger to help me!

  6. Danielle

    I am really starting to want a team actually. I decided to add my hubby and my sister as contributors but I will be the one entering (typing) up the posts… so not sure how that will help much.

  7. Lisa Jones acouponaddict

    You Need Team Work For Anything To Succeed I Think If You Don’t Work Together You Have Nothing!

  8. TheNewClassy

    I have to say, I have an awesome team – my husband and daughter – who work on my blog with me. :) I am pretty lucky!

  9. Robin Rue

    I think having a great time is highly important. A good team brings different perspectives and ends up making the project work better!

  10. Wendy Kaufman

    This is the one thing I miss about my old job (before I went self-employed) – my team! A strong team makes you feel like you can conquer any project. Right now my team consists of my 4yo and 1yo, so they’re not the most productive. :)

  11. Christine Luken

    Wow, this is great advice! Even though I don’t have employees, I do have referral partners who help me with these areas.

  12. Terin Aleah Garrett

    My team at work has been pretty successful lately – I am proud of them! :)

  13. A Dash of Sanity

    I love the team aspect, so true in all things in life.

  14. Lois Alter Mark

    It takes a village to do anything well. A great team means the world.

  15. Aly Mashrah

    This sounds like a great idea. It takes two to tango, after all.

  16. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    It would be great to have a team that is so supportive and trustworthy like that.

  17. ckrusch

    I couldn’t live without my assistant, my SEO person and my partners ( Location owners who allow me to teach at their buildings), I’ve learned that you don’t need a large team, but one that counts! Love your posts.

  18. Trisha Grimes

    Although I’m not a business owner, I do have a team and these are great tips for anyone working in or managing a group!

  19. Pam W

    These tips are great for anyone who is working with a team in their business. Even as a self-employed blogger I find that working with others is helpful.

  20. Shauna Torres

    I wish I had a team… but when it comes down to my business it is just me… though I do discuss a lot of ideas with my Hubby

    • Janeane Davis

      So, that means your husband is part of the team and has a role to play.

  21. Newlywed Survival

    I’ve just begun building my team. Wish I had realized this sooner!

    • Janeane Davis

      The good thing is that you started with team building.

  22. Tamara W

    Great tips, I think as small business owners we tend to forget that a team is better for our business then working solo. Thank you for this.

  23. Jen V

    Great tips for anyone who works with a team in their career. Even though I am a self-employed blogger, a few of them definitely apply to me.

    • Janeane Davis

      Sole practitioners need to learn that team members can be trusted people not on the payroll.

  24. Meredith Hilton

    Those are some great tips! Very inspiring!

  25. Rebekah

    Oh, I like that! Looks like I should start building my team.

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