4 Reasons Great Teams Fail [A List to Avoid At All Costs]

2313-inc-best-brightest2313 Inc. is proud to be an award winning team. (If you haven’t heard our exciting news, we were recently named as a ‘Best and Brightest’ company to work for — for the 4th year in a row!). We’re made up of motivated, hardworking, talented individuals who have proven over and over again that they have what it takes to excel in our industry.

27067197_1340738062699256_5989851697761794129_nBut even the greatest of teams can fail when bad habits start to creep in. Winning requires a daily effort to keep your edges sharp. It also means actively avoiding some of the behaviors and characteristics of losing teams.

The 2313 Inc. team put our heads together and we came up with 4 mentalities to avoid — whether you’re a leader or member of a team.

1) Losing teams don’t take responsibility.

When a strong team loses, they know to learn from the experience so that they will do better in the future. When a weak team loses, they are quick to blame others and make excuses for their failure, never giving themselves the opportunity to assess the damage and figure out how to succeed the next time.

2) Losing teams don’t communicate effectively.

One of the biggest problems that losing teams seem to have in common is poor communication. Whether you’re a sports team or a sales team, constant and thorough communication is absolutely vital if you want to win. If the players on a team don’t know the plan, they’re more likely to trip over each other and make mistakes, which ultimately slows down progress and keeps them from scoring.

3) Losing teams aren’t willing to learn.

If you want to grow as a leader or professional, you have to always be willing to learn. The same goes for teams. When a team thinks that they know everything is when they are most likely to fail. In order to keep up with the competition, a team has to be committed to always becoming more knowledgeable.

4) Losing teams are selfish.

If your team wants people to support and help them, you have to be willing to support and help others first. Losing teams are so focused on their own success that they will often seek it to the detriment of others.

For more advice from 2313 Inc. on leadership, check out the other posts on our blog.

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4 Quotes That Will Change the Way You Think About Money

At 2313 Inc., we firmly believe that you can never be too successful to gain new perspective. And whether you’re a millionaire mogul, a struggling startup owner, or anything in between, there is one thing that you should always be eager to learn a lesson or two about—money! That’s why we’ve gathered 4 of the best pieces of finance-related advice around, take a look!

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1. “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.”—Jonathan Swift

There is no shortage of examples of people who have been ruined by greed. Don’t allow selfishness or the desire for wealth to stand in the way of what’s really important in life. Perhaps take a page out of Ken’s book: “If you’re willing to give before you get — if you think of others before yourself — ultimately, you’ll be set up to have an amazing life.”

2. “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”—Maya Angelou

There is a lot of wisdom in this quote. People who focus their lives on the pursuit of money will never be completely satisfied with their achievements. The best way to live a life of real fulfillment is to dedicate your time to doing what you love. Focus on becoming great at your craft and the money will follow.

3. “Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.”—Benjamin Franklin

You’ve probably heard another version of this quote before: “money can’t buy happiness.” And it’s true. Money in itself isn’t fulfilling, it’s what you can create, build, give, and do with it that matters. To lead a happy and successful life, try choosing goals in which money isn’t the end point but the vehicle.

4. “The best thing money can buy is financial freedom.”—Rob Berger

That’s right, it’s not the fancy cars, clothes, and houses. The most significant thing that money can buy is financial independence. Being able to make choices is a prize far greater than material goods.

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4 Kinds of People to Surround Yourself With

At 2313 Inc. we believe that a solid support system can often be the difference between a good and a great career.

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When you’ve got great people supporting you, even the toughest times are tolerable. When you’re down and your challenges seem insurmountable, you’ve got those awesome people in your corner who help you keep going. When you’re questioning your goals, your choices, and even your identity, your squad has your back and will guide you back on course.

Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. When the wrong people make up your inner circle, everything in your life can seem more difficult. It can be harder to stay focused on your goals, and it can be all-the-more tempting to throw in the towel when obstacles come your way.

For this reason, it’s important to pay close attention to who you surround yourself with on a day to day basis.

Here are 4 kinds of people you want on your team:

1 – People who look on the bright side. Positive people will contribute to your overall productivity and confidence. You need people in your life who can be counted on to always see the good in every situation.

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2 – People who are on a mission too. Individuals who strive for the things they want in life are great role models to have around. These aren’t the people who will tell you to quit when times get tough; rather, they’ll know from their own personal experience how important it is to chase after your goals — especially when it’s the hardest.

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3 – People who will give it to you straight. Everyone needs the honest and constructive advice. Sometimes, you really need that friend who will give you tough love and just tell you the truth about a wrong turn you’ve made.

4 – Your biggest fans. Whether these people are your family, significant other, close friends or even your beloved pet, it is so great to have someone who always sees the best in you.

The people around you have a tremendous ability to influence your feelings of support and self-confidence whether they are colleagues, friends, or family members.

At 2313 Inc. we strive to build a supportive community and positive work environment—how do you build your own positive environment?