Teamwork for a Professional Entrepreneur… how do I find someone to help me without a paycheck?
Many people gripe about going it alone. The lone wolf that cannot find a pack is a common situation. Performance suffers when monumental tasks require participation of others that refuse to participate. I have known many people who failed to be team participants. Despite failing these individuals desired the uniform. In football we had terms for people who wore the uniform but didn’t play.
We called those people bench riders.
Bench riders surface due to three simple words…Lack of Passion.
In life we search for meaning. Meaning is the reason for production in many developed countries. The foundation of my parents’ generation was simple. Perform hard work, have loyalty and exhibit commitment.
The foundation of today’s generation is “Find your purpose”.
Generally people in my generation do not sacrifice for greater good. Personally I obsess about being Honorable. Being Honorable is not easy. Being Honorable is refusing to do something you don’t believe in despite being considered ethical by others. Being Honorable is not taking short cuts due to your own standards. Being Honorable is cultivating the person, alone in a room, when no one is looking. Being Honorable is not convenient.
I was included in one of the worst financial transactions of my life because I would not abandon someone in their time of need. I did so at my own peril. It caused one of my companies to shut down. Being Honorable is usually inconvenient. I do not expect people on my team to be Honorable for just causes they have no passion for.
For example, I watched a news clip the other day of college students protesting injustices on college admissions. Do you know what the feature clip of CNN featured?
I witnessed people on cell phones, snickering in the background, singing a chant that was clearly staged and one person falling asleep in the corner.
If I compare the protests of today to the civil rights movement the comparison is laughable.
Despite these observations it’s these people to choose from one when selecting a team. We can complain about the state of our country or monetize it. I am not a complainer I monetize everything.
In order to monetize people that are aimless we have to focus on a target. Younger people are consumed with the point of everything. These people have been fed propaganda and lies from once established news authorities (CNN, ABC, NBC, et cetera).
The gravity of misinformation is staggering.
Government has a large role in eroding its authority. The lack of respect for the most authoritative institution in our country indirectly causes insubordination with any form of authority (i.e. company CEO, school principal, et cetera). It is a natural observation. Government policies always influence social behaviors. It wasn’t until discrimination laws were put in place that people began to tolerate other races. It wasn’t until women were legally allowed to vote that gender sensitive laws were introduced.
It wasn’t until discrimination based on sexual orientation was made illegal that military personnel revoked “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”.
Had Vietnam not been about backing a corrupt South Vietnamese Government, where monks burned themselves in the streets due to oppression, the initial seed of rebellion wouldn’t have been sown. Had the savings and loans crisis not been bailed out by printing debt securities our dollar would have been more respected. Had the Iraq War not been based off fabricated information people today would believe credible threats to our national security. Had banks not been bailed out by big government confidence would have been retained for rooting out corporate corruption.
These elements serve to notify us. People we seek to employ are disenfranchised from ascribing to any form of established authority. Look at these statistics:
- 51% of the U.S. workforce is not engaged (Gallup)
- Disengaged employees cost organizations between $450 and $550 billion annually (The Engagement Institute)
· Disengaged workers cause massive losses in productivity — between $450 and $500 billion a year (Mental Health America)
· About 70% of Americans are disengaged at work (Gallup)
- 16% of employees said they felt “connected and engaged” by employers (EmployeeChannel)
· 75% of American workers care deeply about the well-being of their employer and only 23% say they have full insight into how their organizations are actually doing (Kimble Applications)
· 46% of employees said they were not confident that the information provided by their employer regarding the overall health of the business is a fair representation of reality (Kimble Applications)
· Employees with a high confidence level in their company’s senior leadership are 5 times as likely to remain with their employer more than 2 years compared to employees with no confidence (Qualtrics)
· 31% of employees said that more transparency regarding the overall health of the business would allow them to better understand their employer’s goals (Kimble Applications)
In order to create team players you must analyze characteristics of your society. You must look at people for what they are and not what you want them to be. Locate individuals who, with little influence, do activities you need to accomplish your goals. Inspire loyalty by allowing these people to express their individuality. When you observe a road block point it out. No one will resent you for having their best interest at heart. Explain do not command. Assist do not help. Trust the path each individual makes is the path you are going to walk on.
We are not a communal society. We do not band together and ascribe to nationalism. We are an individualistic society focused on every one person’s significance. To blot out a person’s desire will only create unnecessary difficulties on your path to close a deal. Appreciate individuals. Assist these people to accomplish the tasks they want to do.
As a leader it is your job to find individuals who naturally do what you want.
Inspiration for a Professional Entrepreneurial Team is rooted in all members having passion for their roles. Do not make people into something they are not. Do not give people activities they do not like doing. In our current society most people shun doing what they have to do in order to do what they want to do. Everyone is concentrated on what they want to do.
Utilize this deficiency to your advantage. Give everyone what they want to do and do what you have to do. This simple philosophy will help reverse the statistics above in your organization. We don’t need bench riders on our team. So don’t give bench riders a uniform.
About Christopher: Christopher Knight Lopez is a Professional Entrepreneur. Christopher has opened over 7 businesses in his 14-year career. Christopher’s purpose is to take advantage of various market-driven opportunities. Christopher is a certified Master Project Manager (MPM) and Accredited Financial Analyst (AFA). Christopher previously held his Series 65 securities license. Christopher also has his General Lines — Life, Accident, Health & HMO. Christopher has managed a combined 286mm USD in reported Assets Under Management & Assets Under Advisement. Christopher has work experience in 29 countries, raised over 50mm USD for various businesses, and grossed over 7.5mm in his personal career. Christopher worked in the highly technical industries of: biotechnology, finance, securities, manufacturing, real estate, and residential mortgages. Christopher is a United States Air Force Veteran. Christopher has a passion for family, competitive sports, fishing, martial arts and advocacy for entrepreneurs. Christopher provides self-help classes for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Christopher’s passion to mentor comes from belief that entrepreneurs need guidance. The world is full of conflicting information about entrepreneur identity. See more at www.christopherklopez.com.