We've worked with many a prospective client who was looking to assemble a top flight team to manage a consolidation play or execute an effective roll-up strategy. When it comes to the recruiting space, we can help them find the COO, CFO, investment banker, accounting firm, marketing firm, and perhaps even the administrative assistant for the founder and CEO. Roll ups-the merging of two or more firms-can be tricky and due diligence is vital. But if done well, they can lead to exponential growth. A solid, reliable team is a must and will be the backbone of any successful project.
Reflecting on the work we've done assisting and representing businesses and business owners over the last several decades, we've found one point of continuity, one constant: the best people make the best teams, and those teams build better businesses, projects, and ventures. If a leadership team comprises only the very best people available, then the planned project is generally destined to both succeed and impress. And that's true for every aspect of a venture.
For instance, as legal counsel, our position is facilitated and enhanced by working with a great team. That's why we put our Paul Revere network to work making the right introductions. Imitating that ever-intrepid information broker whose work is now the stuff of legend, we can connect disparate groups of well-connected people to build teams quickly. That's true in the case of building a deal magnet for new business owners, and it's also true for owners looking to take their company to the next level. Assisting the prospective client is always our end goal, and we've found an approach that both works and makes sense for everyone involved.
Another thing we've found to be true is that there really aren't any shortcuts to forming a great team. The best people make for the best businesses, the best projects, and the biggest wins. That's true in the short or long run, end of story.
Put It Into Practice
This truth-that teams make the company-is something we've learned over decades of experience. And it still informs our everyday decisions. That's why here at Calkins Law Firm we are so particular about who we add to our team. Call us picky; we won't mind. Because when we only add attorneys to our team who are well-educated, top-rated, and highly-experienced, we get better results internally and for our clients. It also pays to focus on the soft skills of prospective team members. Some questions we ask before adding folks to our firm could be:
Are they committed to client service, cost effectiveness, and efficiency?
Are they good team players?
Do they work well independently?
We ask questions and check references so that our own team is composed of only the very best people available. Basically, we practice what we're preaching to our clients, and we're reaping the benefits in real time. We'll never cut corners based on a tight labor market or any other factors. In fact, if need be, we're prepared to offer more to attract and keep good team members, and we recommend that our clients do the same.
A great team is the foundation of a great company, but it doesn't come about by chance--deliberate choices need to be made. So if you're aiming for the best business, the best success story, and the biggest wins (who doesn't want those prizes?), insist on the best people. If you need help pinning down a solid team, Calkins Law Firm is always ready to help. Get in touch to learn more about our processes and strengths and see what successes come your way.