In 3 days, the 2010 Winter Olympic athletes will compete to be the best in the world. Entrepreneurs compete for a similar pinnacle of success every single day. This series of blogs will countdown to the Olympics with 31 ideas about what it takes to achieve gold in your business.
To be an Olympic-level entrepreneur, you need to trust your teammates to perform at the expected level.
Many Olympic sports are individual competitions. But there are several sports in both the summer and winter Olympics that are team sports. In the winter Olympics, events like bobsled, curling, figure skating, and hockey all are team sports. This adds another element that can make or break your success. You can have a couple of superstars on your team but if the entire team isn’t working together then they won’t win. Teammates rely on each other to perform the way they are supposed to. Teams probably won’t win, or even get to play in the Olympics, if there are a few Olympic athletes and a few remedial-level athletes.
In the same way, Olympic-level entrepreneurs who are part of a team need to make sure their teammates are also performing at an Olympic level. If you are performing at an Olympic-level (or you’re headed there) but you’re carrying your partner, you need to cut them loose and either work solo or replace them with someone who can operate at the level you need. Yes, it seems cold but you won’t achieve Olympic-level entrepreneurial success if your entire team isn’t competing at the level it needs to be.