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Which people do I need on my business’ team?

The key to success will be employee involvement and a corporate culture that allows everyone to feel vested and passionate
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Everyone wants people on their team who are as passionate as they are and that’s great. However, passion and knowledge goes much further. Just like funding, your team will change at each phase of your growth.

1 You

Your first team is you, don’t ever forget that.

2 Administrator

You should have a great administrator; there’s a lot of details that will need attention. Visionaries usually hate the small stuff.

3 Mentors

Mentors and/or industry consultants for each area of the business can help you understand the business of beauty.

The more you understand the business of beauty the more likely you are to understand the quality of team members needed. Working with all high level executives may feed your ego and impress others, but the day to day requirements of building and managing requires all hands on deck, including you.

Successful execution

The key to successful execution of your idea will be employee involvement and a corporate culture that allows everyone to feel vested and passionate about delivering the idea.

Expect to have team members turnover and don’t be afraid to change team members that don’t align with the culture you want to build, especially in the start up phase.

It’s easy to become complacent with team members that don’t perform. However, it’s your responsibility to create an inclusive culture where team members can also get the support they need to deliver. The saying ‘surround yourself with people smarter than yourself’ is still a safe bet.

Remember, when developing your business idea you need to have considered your business and personal style. How will this influence your corporate culture?

Quality of people interaction

This is a useful extract about the value of how well people interact within your beauty business:

This simple fact — that the quality of people interaction is a fundamental requirement for organizational success — seems self-evident. Yet every day in organizations large and small, untold thousands — quite probably millions — of group interactions take place, most of which fail to take the organization any closer to its goals.


In many cases groups meet, interact, then part, no closer to achieving their objectives than when they started. This tide of unproductive and ineffective group interactions has a massive cost: it drains the global economy of billions of dollars a year, strangles creativity and initiative, and results in many businesses, divisions, departments, projects, groups, and teams stalling out long before they’ve even begun to realize their full potential.


On an individual level, the cost of group dysfunction is just as high: it generates inordinate levels of stress, demoralizes entire workforces, and demotivates otherwise high-performing people who would rather take a paper clip, straighten it out, and stab it in their eye than sit through another interminable.”

The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success by Les McKeown

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