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There are teams out there who are holding out to build the next Amazon or Google, there are teams who are psyched to create the next Christmas toy sensation and call it a day, and there are teams in the middle. Find a group of like-minded individuals who share your same goals. Then, get to know them as people. See if their values are similar to yours. While this may sound like “nice to know” information, it’s actually the thing that will get you through the challenges you’re about to face, and there will be challenges.
Part of corporate innovation and new ventures is learning to glean wisdom from failures and missteps, and when you’re in territory no one has navigated before, there are sure to be some unexpected bumps along the way. It’s how you handle those challenges together that will shape your endeavor.
Have you ever seen a vision for something new take off because someone convinced you of how difficult the road to get there will be? Nope. Pick a team that gets excited about your new venture, and is helpful to you in bringing others along for the ride. You’re gonna need them when you start pitching your ideas.
If you’re going to stake the future of your business (not to mention your career) on something, it should be sound. So, look for a team that can execute a plan and deliver real results. Say and do testing are both important, but it’s that do signal that will put your mind at ease as you hone your idea.