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  • Writer's pictureJohan Smith

Think future-focused: invest in a team

The here-and-now is always important. Too many people live in yesterday’s realities and are prisoners of their past. Others again look forward to tomorrow so much and don’t enjoy anything that happens today. It is indeed healthy to fully live today and fulfil your task and role in a dedicated and passionate manner. At the same time, and as part of your here-and-now’s tasks, you constantly invest in your team because you also think about the future and plan for it correctly.

Read the beautiful words about David in 1 Samuel 22 verse 2:

All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.

People came to see David for a variety of reasons and with different motives. He helps them (fully in the here-and-now). At the same time, he sees potential and invests, and in so doing assembles a team (with the future in mind). Eventually he has a team of 400.

Here are a few practical thoughts that you can tangibly live every day to assemble a team:

- It’s a purposeful, intentional decision

- Identify people with potential and start developing it – go into action mode

- Be prepared to sacrifice in order to develop a team – you’ll need time and energy

- Regularly do things together – teambuilding is important

- Give responsibilities to the team members (even though you can do it better yourself)

- Build and encourage them – positivity is important

- Regularly create new opportunities for the team

- Lead your team purposefully, clearly and in a pleasant way to ensure they have a great chance of success

- Offboard team members who aren’t dedicated or eager to learn

Rex Murphy writes so nicely and correctly:

Where there is a will, there is a way; where there is a team, there’s more than one way.

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