Well, as you know, all good things must come to an end. I’ve really enjoyed the A-Team series thus far but I think I’ve saved the best post for last. Here’s a test: close your eyes, think of who’s the best character of all time, and I guarantee Mr. T is the first person that pops into your head. You’re not alone because I feel the same way. Why is Mr. T so awesome? Well, he played Sergeant Bosco Albert “B.A.” (Bad Attitude) Baracus on the A-Team. B.A. used his physical presence and attitude to muscle through any scenario brought before the A-Team. He never took no for an answer and somehow always found a way to get the job done.
Why do you need someone like B.A. on your strategic planning team? It may sound cliché but you need someone who has an amazing passion for the job at hand and who’s a dynamic self-starter. Throughout the A-Team TV show B.A. would take a bunch of spare parts and assemble them into amazing machines. He wasn’t given the best materials but he always made due and the results were always impressive. It’s this can-do attitude that’s extremely important during your strategic planning process. The truth of the matter is that you’re going to hit speed bumps while executing on your strategic plan but you can’t let that derail the entire project. You need someone like B.A. who may only have 2 of the 3 things he needs to be successful but he’ll make the best of it.
You need a nice mix of personalities on your team to make everything run smoothly. I believe that one of the best dynamics on the A-Team was between B.A. and Murdock. B.A. HATED to fly but somehow Murdock always found a way to get him to come along. Even though B.A. loathed flying he knew that it was a critical part of most missions and therefore he went along with it. B.A. didn’t come along quietly, he often times threatened Murdock but he always did what was best for the team. You need someone on your team who is willing to run through a wall for your organization. B.A. might have ranted and raved but he showed intensity and excitement, which made it interesting to come into work every day.
At AchieveIt we’re a start-up with big aspirations. The thing about big aspirations is that it usually means there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in a short amount of time. If I had to work 12 hours a day with people I didn’t like, it would be impossible. I love working side by side with everyone at AchieveIt and it makes the long hours go by quickly. This is why I relate so well to B.A. character because he always made it fun to go on mission with him. He was serious when he needed to be but made sure that if you’re spending 40-60 hours with him at work, it would be interesting. So this concludes AchieveIt’s 5-part series on putting together your A-Team as you begin your strategic planning process. Just remember you need a mix of the four personalities I’ve outlined. You may have 2 Hannibals, 1 Face, 5 Murdocks, and 3 B.A.s that make up your entire team. No matter the combination you choose, you should be set up for success. Now get out there any assemble your A-Team.