Posts by Caitlin Merritt

Teams that train together, win together.

Football, basketball and hockey are all popular team sports played around the world. All push the ‘team spirit’, play to win and watch the competition fiercely. They also have fans, enemies and investors watching and criticising their every move, pushing them to increase their performance at every single stage. To ensure they are achieving peak performance, the teams train hard day in and day out. They develop customised training programmes to enhance the unique skill sets of each individual, but understand that the overall performance derives from the individuals working together as a team. That’s why they implement and focus on team training, they ensure each member is working to the same framework, communicating on the same level and working together to achieve the same result. They understand that the combined effect is greater than the individual.

The same approach goes for businesses. While it’s important to nurture and enhance the unique skills of each individual, the greatest benefit will be seen when your team is trained as a whole. When they are working from the same framework, communicating on the same level and working together to achieve the same result.

In a room full of competent business professionals, what makes you stand out?

Have you ever invested the time to work out what it is about yourself that got you to where you are today? Or taken it a step further and more importantly worked out what it is about yourself that will get you to where you want to be in the future? In a room full of competent business professionals, what makes you stand out? What is your point of difference? What is your Unique Selling Proposition?

At first, identifying your Unique Selling Proposition may seem relatively simple. You’re most likely well educated, have a desire to want more and have a grand ability to solve problems. But so does the person sitting next to you, and the person sitting next to them… so what is it that really makes you unique when it comes to the business world?

“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training”

While individuals may have different innate talents, the world’s most successful people have always been those who continually enhance their skills and develop instincts through countless hours of training.

Think about it this way, you’re not going to be able to run a marathon on sheer optimism alone — you’re going to have to make sacrifices, invest in new tools and seek out proper guidance and training to ensure you’ll make it to the finish line. The same goes for professional development.

How are you expecting to secure that promotion, ace that big project or become a respected thought leader in your field if you’re not constantly pushing the boundaries and making a proactive effort to widen your knowledge base?