4 Ways to Build and Retain Great Teams

By: Ben Murphy


Building and retaining a great team can be challenging - we understand.

In this challenging business environment, leaders often find themselves looking for innovative ways to make their company or product better, faster and more efficient. Companies spend billions of dollars every year on things such as research and development and process improvement to stay ahead of the competition and position themselves as an industry leader.

As a football coach for over 11 years and Vice President of Sales at Titus Talent, I have realized the building blocks of a truly successful football team and company are very similar. Sure it helps to have the right equipment, state-of-the-art technology and a superior training facility, but the most important factors that dictate success are the people and the team.

How do your people/team interact? Are they truly committed to seeing each other succeed? Are they driven toward excellence both on and off the field?

As a leader in our company and also on the field (nights and weekends), I need to consistently remind myself that because people are our greatest asset, staying focused on the fundamentals of people and team development will bring our company its greatest reward.

Jerry Kill, legendary former head football coach of the Minnesota Gophers and Northern Illinois Huskies, is a coach that I have always highly regarded as a champion of teaching and executing the fundamentals to build great teams. Coach Kill said:

“It’s not about one person, it’s about the team. If the team is winning and successful then everyone gets rewarded. The key is to just treat your staff how you would like to be treated.”
Jerry Kill

Want to build your own dream team?

We all know that building great teams takes a strong understanding of the fundamentals before executing them. Here are four fundamentals I found that are key to team success both on and off the field.

  1. Clearly communicate company mission and values
  2. Hire the right people who fit the culture and believe and live the core mission and values
  3. Provide honest, consistent feedback that focuses on team success
  4. Take care of your people to build loyalty and passionretention is key to success


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