chessIn the game of chess, strategy is how to win. The goal is to strategically arrange chess pieces to out manoeuver your opponent skilfully, on average, in three moves. Chess provides the same methodology to build a winning team.

To grow any business takes commitment, courage, and risks. For an Entrepreneur uncertainty is a regular occurrence, never feeling completely comfortable. The relentless pursuit, the hunger for more business keeps them sharp. Stress is also a constant companion juggling responsibilities.

There comes a day when you need to hire the expertise to help you meet the demands and to stay afloat. To build the right team to fit your business needs and style think like a chess player; skilfully stay three moves in advance.

  1. Identify your needs

What is it you want to accomplish? What are you willing to outsource? What tasks do you not have the time, desire or expertise you are prepared to delegate?

The best way to develop a strategic plan is to see it visually. Mind mapping is a great for visualization. A chart is also helpful to layout your goals. Both provide clarity the responsibilities you are comfortable delegating to team members.

An example of what your chart might look

Start Date What needs to be achieved What are the steps in the process Team member – who do I delegate this assignment
Goal 1 – theme or title
Goal 2 – theme or title


  1. Find the right team members

Find people that are on the same page and understand your vision. They are the individuals who believe in you and your goals.

Characteristics to look for in team members

  • Has skills sets in areas other team members do not
  • Skills complement and draw from each other strengths
  • Brings a solid reputation of values and ethics
  • Is a fan of your product or service and fully supports you

Find these criteria in each team member and you have a high rate of success of a winning team.

A lawyer, accountant, and business coach are your team advisors. The other area to build your team are people with the skill set to accomplish tasks for you. Find professionals with the experience and connections to aim for your target markets. Their connections can prove to be valuable assets and weight in gold.

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”            Phil Jackson

  1. Set Clear Goals and Expectations

The final of the 3 strategies to build a winning team; picked the brightest and best for your team. They recognize they are part of something bigger than themselves and are excited to see how it all unfolds. Your team is ready to work hard and watch you succeed. Now it is your job to lay out the goals with a clear vision and expectations for each team member.

  • Provide overall objectives and goals you want to reach.
  • Delegate responsibilities to team members with the specific skill sets to meet your targeted goals.
  • Make sure to provide your team with clear guidelines and access to resources when they need them.
  • Shower your team members with regular appreciation and praise for their dedication and hard work.
  • Set up regular meetings to discuss any issues or unexpected delays
  • Review and discuss the next stage of goals to meet. A good rule is to stay with one goal each meeting to avoid confusion and keep your team working in unison.

Attract the right individual will provide the confidence to achieve your goals. Listen, respect, and value each team member with a high level of integrity. Your team will reciprocate with loyalty, trustworthy, and respect your direction and vision. Remember winners attract winners.