No New Year’s resolutions, no preaching, no ‘rules’ – just some ideas to ponder.

1. You can’t lead the team if you’re not on it.

Soccer star Mia Hamm said, “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”  True in any sport and especially true on the entrepreneurial playing field. The leader must be as much in the game as the players.

2. Identify and develop undervalued players.

Think Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s (read Moneyball if you missed it.)  ‘Talent’ is not just about skill and experience – it’s about teaming. ‘Scouting’ the resumes, interviews, and LinkedIn pages will give you lots of data about the individual. But in order to predict business success – no matter what the mission of the team – the right metrics are Coherence, Role, and Teaming Characteristics.

3. Know the difference between competition and coopetition – and when to use each.

If there were no Coopetition, there would be no draft, no free agency, and no player trades. And whether you love or hate the outcomes, Coopetition adds variety and produces better on-field Competition.  But when you ‘team’ with your competitors in hopes of mutual benefit, you had better stay on the high road. In this highly networked world, playing dirty tricks or trashing the competition is not just bad for business – it can have lethal impact on future opportunities.

Cheers to 2010 – the year that the winners’ circle starts spinning again!

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