20

Life Is a Team Sport

Have you ever watched one of those movies that have a scene in a school cafeteria, kids sliding metal trays along the rails of the line, stern-looking lunch lady in a hairnet slamming suspect-looking food, smiles few and far between? I was the lunch lady. Not literally, but that’s how I sometimes think of myself when I think back to leading my first team in Hawaii before I hired my mom to help me.

Before my mom, it was my way or the highway, and my business suffered for it because the only one executing near his or her potential was me.

I’d like to say I came by it honestly. I never really learned the best way to run a team at the dot-com I worked at after college. No one there mentored me or led by example. No one felt ...

Get The Execution Factor: The One Skill that Drives Success now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.