There is Strength in Numbers it is said. Always Start with #1 and You Can't Go Wrong!

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Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

Where did the saying "there is strength in numbers" come from?  Readers, if you can find a source please share?  There must be one of our more than 200,000 members who knows the answer to this.  Now comes the time to implement the benefits of a team to your long term goals.  While doing so it can be a difficult sword to swallow.sword swallower    First off, you must realize that this blade is double edged, precisely why you are delving into it's attributes to begin with.  Double your exposure, double your efficiency and double your income, hopefully.  YOU have your systems in place and they're working well.  Some of us, while on the success track, have difficulty delegating effectively to others.  This is where the balance becomes so important while building your team.  It looks great to be at the top of the heap man standing on top of a junk pile with arms outstretched at the pinnacle but that really is not what YOU wish to achieve.  Be the leader for sure but know that you alone are balancing the new colleagues on your shoulders and extracting the best of each of your players.  When YOU allow their expertise to shine with minimal directives on your part the team can flow, bend and grow as wonderfully as the graceful Willow tree, YOU are it's roots, firmly planted, allowing your pliable branches the room they need to absorb light, gusting  and storm force winds.  Your only function when you've accomplished placing the varied combinations in the proper direction will be to continue doing what initiated this action willow tree with branches bendinding in the windin the first place.  The team does not need to be a "well oiled machine" think more of the dandelion and the ease with which it proliferates, a mere wisp of air and it's effectiveness is surrounding you almost without effort.  Your desire to make a better life for yourself and leveraging your knowledge to help others does not need to be burdensome.

 

  

the Orchestra and Maestro shown from above

Your initial well orchestrated plan will be your destiny, Maestro.

     Choose your team wisely and if you've planned correctly, know they'll wish to grow with YOU!     

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Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Kevin,

Very well said. One of the keys of managing a team is to remember the one minute manager tip, "Catch them doing something right!"  I love your dandelion analogy, in France ,the Larousse dictionary and all its publications have the logo of a dandelion, and the slogan "I sow seeds in all winds!"  I think that this visual and slogan planted a seed for my love of branding and marketing.  Have a great week.  A

Mar 07, 2011 04:19 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Alexandra, I wish I had seen the slogan prior to the post.  Your input is precious to me, thanks!  

Mar 07, 2011 04:37 AM #2
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Tom Waite
Thomas Waite Real Estate Broker - Cypress, CA
So Cal-Apartment Bldg Investments

Great blog Kevin:

This is VERY true...the quote would likely have come from a Military man..."Whoever gets there the Firstest with the Mostest...Wins!"

Keep up the great work.

Tom

Mar 07, 2011 05:42 AM #3
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Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

Kevin,
Teamwork strengthens commitment. It takes the consideration of each for all, and of all for each.

Mar 07, 2011 07:21 AM #4
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Kevin, great point of view. I like it . Sometimes subtle shifts in thinking can yield great change.

Mar 07, 2011 07:27 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kevin, here is the reference for your files,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petit_Larousse

The original logo as it first appeared was done in an art nouveau style, really beautiful.  Alexandra

 

Mar 07, 2011 10:37 AM #7
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Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Well said Kevin.

Mar 07, 2011 01:04 PM #8
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Tom, that's the gist of it in a nutshell although the methodology to reach the finish line is most likely an un-militaristic maneuver.

Dee, no one piece to the puzzle should ever feel the need to outshine the others.  The end result is the goal, not who or how it was achieved. 

Charles, the older I get the younger I must think in order to be effective, it's not easy but educational to say the least.

Tagrid, exactly, I never have to question the result when it comes to your abilities!

Alexandra, that is such a time saver.  You know me all too well and that I would have had to seek it out!

Mar 07, 2011 01:18 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Thanks, Joshua, can't wait to see my "Wake Up" call tomorrow!

A - I forgot to mention the One Minute Manager's resurgence after more than a quarter century, those two nailed it back in the day and it's simple message has become applicable all over again.  Good for them! 

Mar 07, 2011 01:32 PM #10
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Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

What a motivating speech today Kevin!  I just passed my broker pre-licensing - now I just gotta get in to take the state test.  Can't wait to have numbers working with me!

Mar 10, 2011 01:16 AM #11
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Renee, that is awesome, good work, and congratulations.  What numbers? ; ]  

Mar 10, 2011 05:27 AM #12
Rainer
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I believe “there is strength in numbers” comes from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor; For if they fall, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls and does not have another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm. But how can one be warm alone? And while a man may prevail against the one, the two will withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

My wise old grandmother told me to hire people whose strengths complemented my weaknesses, and whose weaknesses were complemented by my strengths. That way I could delegate my weaknesses to those who were stronger, leaving me to do those things where my strengths were stronger than their weaknesses. It’s always worked for me.

In all my years of business in many industries and having hired over a thousand employees in 46 years, I’ve only had one quit on me out of frustration and I had to fire two for theft.

Mar 21, 2011 12:49 PM #13
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Russel, thank you so much for an answer.  I will read it!  Your Grandmother is just as you say, very wise.  That's an impressive employee accounting, we need more Bosses like that.  Those who can assess and add complimentary values to the cause are in need.  

Mar 21, 2011 01:14 PM #14
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