The Rebel Business Team: Five Reasons You Need To Build One
March 14, 2019
Good leaders recognize that they are only as successful as the people they surround themselves with. However, building a strong and effective corporate team is about far more than sourcing a group that offers the "right" professional skill sets. Assembling a powerhouse crew of contributors means going beyond the resume, degrees, and certifications to identify colleagues who also offer those invaluable, intangible qualities that bring new dimension to every initiative.
When you're ready to put together your team of corporate dynamos, hire the rebellious amongst you as often as possible. Why? Building a rebel squad delivers several distinct advantages that can take your team from status quo to unstoppable.
Won't Always Agree With You
Surrounding yourself with "yes" people eliminates the possibility for learning, change, and growth. Professional rebels aren't afraid to speak up, ask questions, and advocate for the ideas (and co-workers) they believe in, often vocalizing the things that everyone else is thinking but are too afraid to say.
Steve Jobs once said, "It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do." Your rebellious colleagues are natural-born problem solvers who love putting their creative thinking superpowers to work. Let them.
Workplace mutineers simply can't wrap their heads around expressions like "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," or "Leave well enough alone," (seriously, who comes up with these things?). Put simply: well enough just isn't good enough. Inherent innovators don't wait until there's a problem to find a new solution. They will constantly seek out original ways to do things better, more effectively, and more efficiently to optimize efforts and ultimate results.
Effective communication plays a pivotal role in the success of any team. Rebels embrace collaborative ventures, recognizing that harnessing diverse input and ideas can help propel a project across the finish line. Most importantly, their collaborative knack also makes them excellent relationship builders. Those around them (aka you) will often benefit from having access to their extended network of advocates to get things done.
Find Opportunity In Failure
Perhaps the biggest benefit of building a rebel business team? Their complete fearlessness when taking calculated risks and making mistakes. Where others perceive failure, your band of corporate rebels will discern and pursue opportunity.