11 November 2016
Yesterday, I wrote about the value of recognition. Today, I want to talk about the importance of challenge.
I think the two co-exist and are equally as important if you want to build a happy, progressive team.
It was great being around so many extremely talented and motivated people on Wednesday night at the annual Digital Entrepreneur Awards. It’s incredible how an event like this can leave you feeling energized.
This feeling reminded me of one of my favourite Tony Robbins quotes: “Don’t surround yourself with people who just affirm you. Surround yourself with people who challenge you.”
Although industry awards are amazing for affirming your success and giving you the recognition you have worked really hard for, being surrounded by people who are equally passionate and ambitious is a reminder that you should never get too comfortable and rest on your laurels.
I’m always working to expand my network, because I love meeting people who are similar to me as much as I like meeting people who have different perspectives and opinions. It can be eye-opening to have a debate without someone, because in my opinion debates are not about winning or losing, but about finding something that will help you grow and develop.
It’s amazing to see what other business leaders are up to and how they are growing their businesses year on year.
It made me wonder: is there such a thing as a one-size-fits-all formula for success? What I think makes common sense, might not make any sense at all to someone else. I believe the challenge is to listen to the opinions and experience of others and work out your own path.
I don’t believe anyone should shy away from being around people who question the way you do things and who are willing to ask the hard questions. When you’re surrounded by people who set the bar higher, it pushes you to want to achieve more and better results. Progress and innovation only happen when you are challenged to do something better or do it differently. We achieve more when we’re challenged; we push our boundaries.
I apply the same rules for recruiting. When I’m meeting candidates to join our team, I’m looking for people who think they can make a difference to the way we work. When people come into a team and are able to challenge the rest of that team, with new ideas or a new skill set, this is likely to give everyone a boost.
Competition is a huge driver in our business. I truly believe that, as long as you continue to acknowledge and praise the team’s achievements and improvements, being open to challenges will pay off in the long term.
I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!