Development Decisions & the Team Assessment

Development Decisions & the Team Assessment

Knowing what you're good at is important. If your team isn’t honest about who's good at what, then the wrong people end up trying to do the work.

Even meaningful work gets botched when the wrong people are doing it. And it never reaches its potential.  

For example, if a group of coffee farmers decides to create a national education program, but none of the parties involved understand finance, then the program will have a hard time leading to growth in their industry

The farmers may have the best education in that first year's course, but the sustainability of the program won't last if it doesn't translate to coffee sales & exports.  

Having the financial mind to make smart business decisions is critical in developing anything on the ground level in business.

And most entrepreneurial efforts forget the sustainability factor. In our example above, without financial sustainability, this program ends up trickling down and affecting the seed growers in developing countries. They don’t get the education they need and they have to cut prices because of they are no longer able to hit their education metrics each year. All because the program was never sustainable in the first place.

And that goes back to being honest about what you’re good at, what you’re not, and what you don’t know that you don’t know.

When creating a partnership or a program, taking an assessment of the team members involved will save you big headaches in the long run.

This post is brought to you by a few projects that we have suffered through by not defining who’s great at what. You’re welcome.

(photo via rod waddington)