Entry #5: Teamwork: 1 + 1 = 3


It’s very fashionable to talk about working together as a team; however, few companies take the steps necessary to make it happen.

We find our best solutions come from the varying backgrounds and skills of our staff.  Each person brings a different perspective, which together creates a better solution than any single individual could’ve created alone.


Because we live in a culture of competition, we’ve got to find ways to motivate people to work together to get the best results.

We’ve found that money is not as great a motivator as inclusion or success.  Individuals seek to be valued.  When an organization values the thoughts and perspectives of an individual—and demonstrates that value by incorporating them into a project, both the organization and the individual win.

We also bring teams together early in the process.  The sooner people begin to brainstorm, the more efficient the process will be.

We give our teams the freedom to fail.  Small failures can be a wonderful thing.  People learn from their mistakes.  They learn what can and can’t be done, they learn that their team members are there to help, and most importantly, they learn the organization still values them even after making a mistake.  This final element engenders the freedom to think outside the box, and thus create interesting and novel things.

While your competitors will be fighting to dominate the traditional segments of the market and competing on price, your organization will be opening different new markets, and competing on service and experience (and price, too).

So do the math again.  Make the teamwork process a part of your business culture.

Good luck!
Charles Daoud, Sales Director
Camelot Business Management Software
Tel: 815.776.9470 x280

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About Dan Gallo

I'm a lifelong entrepreneur, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door when I was 7 in The Bronx. I've been playing guitar and enjoying the game of baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). I married Kim in 1983 & we have two sons; Daniel's a real smart, insightful & well read musician (www.thefieldrecordings.com) and Adam is a brilliant senior @ Brooklyn College double majoring in creative writing/literature & anthropology. Since 2002, one of the things we love to do together is go on service & missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent over 60 weeks in Belize & I serve on the Board for the missions organization (www.twaw.org) focused on Belize. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and other than selling a company in 1999 and running it for a multi-billion dollar company for 2 years before buying it back, I've been self-employed. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in 2004 and after 2 years with the acquiring company I left and started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Sales Strategy & Business Development, Marketing Communications, Social Media since April 2006. Although I'm still contracted by Supplier-Connection as their Small Business Advocate, I recently was contracted to run a software company http://myvrm.com. I enjoy consulting, but it's really great to be running an SBE again.
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