Inventors: Stop Spinning Your Wheels!

Are you working on your invention all alone? Or if you have some friends working with you, do you all have similar backgrounds and skill sets? If so, you’re probably spinning your wheels. You need a team. You need it now. Why? Because a team of people, especially if they have diverse skill sets, will make your idea 1000 times better.

You just can’t be the inventor, engineer, marketer, management, artist and investor all in one. The sooner you have input from all these perspectives, the faster your idea will become an excellent product or service.

Great news! You don’t have to do it alone, and projectteammarketplace.com will help you find the other people you need on your team.

projectteammarketplace.com is the latest social networking site, and it has a focused purpose: To form great teams that will do amazing things. To bring dreamers together to make dreams come true. To gather entrepreneurs and inventors together with financiers, business people, factories, and others of great skill so that ambitions can be realized.

You have to begin by clicking register.

Why delay? Why perpetually put off your dreams until everything is “perfect,” or until you “have enough time,” or until you just get this piece working. Start now, click that button to register and create a team and get moving!

Stop Spinning Your Wheels!

Do you want to do something great? Make something significant? Make the world a better place? You’re not alone, and you can find others who want to be part of what you’re doing.

If you’re trying to develop a business, product or service alone, you’re spinning your wheels (unless you’re Batman – he can ignore this). The reason is you just can’t be the inventor, engineer, marketer, management, artist and investor all in one.

But great news! You don’t have to do it alone, and projectteammarketplace.com will help you find the other people you need on your team.

projectteammarketplace.com is the latest social networking site, and it has a focused purpose: To form great teams that will do amazing things. To bring dreamers together to make dreams come true. To gather entrepreneurs and inventors together with financiers, business people, factories, and others of great skill so that ambitions can be realized.

You have to begin by clicking register.

Why delay? Why perpetually put off your dreams until everything is “perfect,” or until you “have enough time.” When have you ever sat back and told yourself, “I’ve got a lot of free time now!” If you’re like me, that’s never. Start now, click that button to register and create a team and get moving!

Strengthening Your Team

People have joined your team! Most excellent! Now the challenge ahead is working like a great team. It won’t happen automatically. It takes effort and skill to keep a team working smoothly and synergistically, so let’s explore some of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey for insight on how to make a group of great people into a great team. Below is a short summary. It’s much better to read the entire book, but maybe this will get you started.

Think Win/Win

Obviously everybody on the team hopes that participation on the team will be a win for them. Make sure that happens. Take time to understand the hopes, aspirations and worries of each other, so that it is clear what is a win for everyone.

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

More than likely your team is a widely dispersed virtual team. That’s no problem with the technology available now, with video conference call capability in everyone’s pocket. Fully leverage video call tech, because even in technical discussions, a lot of communication is non-verbal.

Other team members will have awesome ideas on how to improve the project. Too often great ideas are dismissed too early because they’re not fully understood. Taking time to fully understand what your teammates are saying can be extremely beneficial.

Some ideas may not be the best, but it’s still worth the time to fully explore them, looking for any gold nuggets, or maybe the discussion will be a springboard into a truly wonderful enhancement to the project. At the very least, giving the team member the respect of listening will insure full participation continues as the project progresses. Be able to communicate your team member’s ideas as well or better than them. Make sure they know they’ve been heard and understood.

Then make sure you’re understood. Learn to make clear and concise presentations. Learn what the possible objections or misunderstandings might be in advance and address them directly. If an objection is raised, address it clearly in a way that the other knows they’ve been heard and well listened to.

Synergize

When everyone is looking for Win/Win and seeking first to understand, synergy is often spawned. Your team will start developing ideas, strategies and implementations that are WAY better than any one of you could think of. When your team is on this track, observe how it came about and foster the conditions of synergy as often as you can.

How to make maximum use of the team projects site

Completing your profile

The first step in building a team, or joining a team is to give others confidence in who you are. That means being transparent about yourself, your values and desires, and your skills. Would you want to join up with someone who won’t even tell you his name? Probably not. Use your real name, and be honest about your experience and skills. You’re not required to have amazing skills in all areas. No one does. And that’s why you’re here, to find people who complement your skills by being better at something than you are.

Setting up your team home page

Take time to make the team project images attractive and representative of your team. They don’t have to be perfect from day 1 because you can change them anytime.

Make a brief team description that gives “the elevator pitch.” Make it clear what you’re trying accomplish in as few words as possible. The description is what people see as they’re browsing teams.

You can then add a first team post which you can pin up as the home page post. This will appear when people click your team panel to learn more. Here you can make a more detailed description of what the project is, how far along so far, what the team needs in resources (human or otherwise), and anything else you want people to see when they click for that second look at your project.

You can use the team log entry form at the bottom of your team page to enter text only, or you can go to the menu item “+ New → New Post” at the upper left of the page. That will take you to the WordPress posting editor that allows you to add formatting and media to your post. That part is a little tricky because after you’ve made your posting in the editor, you need to go to the right side widget to select that your posting is a “Group Post,” and select your team as the intended group. Otherwise it will simply be submitted to the admin as a general article post (like this one), and may end up in no-where land for a while.

Making your team needs clear

There are two general ways to make your team’s needs clear. The first is by completing the “Team Needs” tab of the team configuration. This appears when you click the “Edit Team” button either near the bottom of the team page, or in the top left navigation menu. Clicking the appropriate check boxes here will allow others to search for your team based on open positions / skill sets needed.

The second method is by making more detailed needs known in the text related to your team. The most recommended places for that are:

  1. The main (home page) post for your team, which appears near the top of the team home page.
  2. Any other team log post (but this may become buried underneath subsequent log entries).
  3. In a team document (although the contents may not completely show from the home page).
  4. In a file on the team storage drive (although that will not show at all until someone downloads said document).

Inviting others to join

You can create a team, describe your project, and wait for the world to pave a path to your door. These days, that’s probably not the best winning strategy. Going out and asking as many people as you know, and a whole bunch you don’t know yet is the approach of most successful team builders. Ask the people you know, ask them to ask their friends. Most will pass, some will not. Keep asking, and then keep asking more.

Here’s an example invite you can use as a basis for your custom message:

Hello friend! I’m very excited to share this opportunity with you, and hopefully you’ll see why. I’m forming a team of awesomely talented people to ____________! I think you might have valuable skills which might really add a lot to the team. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of the next big thing! Would being part of the core founding members of something this awesome be extremely fulfilling to you?

I hope you can take a look at my project. If it’s not exactly something that you really like, there’s a whole community of entrepreneurs at the website I’m using to build the team, and maybe you’ll find your passion there, but please take a look at my project first and let me know what you think!

PS – If you’re not interested, do you know anybody who might be? I’d really appreciate your help in building a great team.

Staying Active

Keep the team updates rolling. Add to your log often. Teams that have shown no activity for a long time are less likely to attract the attention they need. And of course keep asking for people to join your team!

Protecting your IP

Use the tools of the website to show enough information to get people interested in your project. There are team documents which designated members can work on and cooperatively edit. The documents feature lets you see a revision history and who changed what. You can also use a limited team storage drive for shared documents in other formats.

But do not put any critical IP up on this website. Keep your trade secrets and secret coding somewhere else. This site has minimal security. It can keep honest people honest, but no guarantees beyond that.

This site is made for putting out public information to attract team members, not as a depository for secret team documents.

You Need to be on a Team

Do you want to do something great?

Make something significant? Make the world a better place? You’re not alone. Most people want to have a meaningful impact on the world. However, your chances of achieving your dreams are far more likely if you are with a team of people working towards the same end. You need to be on a team.

Chances are you are not a master of all science, engineering, marketing, design, management and manufacturing. Who is? Name one person who achieved an amazing result all by himself. Here’s the list I’ve got: 1) Batman; 2) Spiderman… Well, you get the idea. Here’s a more real list of people who have achieved amazing things: Wright Brothers, Steve Jobs, Gordon Moore, George Lucas. You can add your own. What do they have in common? They were all part of a team, or had an awesome team behind them. Without that team, there efforts would have amounted to nothing. Was there any great music artist that never had a band? No. No one who has accomplished great things did so with no help whatsoever. That’s also why you can’t do it alone. But don’t let that stop you. The first and absolutely necessary step in making any great idea come to life is to build the team who will help you do it.

The great news is that if you’ve got a great idea, there are lots of people who would love to join you and work to achieve it. You can start building a team by creating it on projectteammarketplace.com. Then start your networking. Invite others to join you. If they’re not already members, invite your friends and acquaintances who have great skills to join. Even if they don’t join your project, you may be doing them a great favor if they find a project that truly inspires them.

Maybe you’re not sure your idea is the greatest. Not a problem. Create the team on projectteammarketplace.com. If it’s a really great idea and you’re inviting many people to join, some will join and before long you’ll have a great team doing amazing things. If not, still no problem. Take a look around. Lending your skills to make an awesome idea have an awesome team will be the greatest thing you’ve done for yourself. Maybe you will be the core of the team of the next Apple, the next Amazon, or the next Pixar.

Have a look at more articles here for ideas on how to gain participation in your team, how to maximize use of this team building site, how to create team energy and synergy, and more.

Why delay? Why perpetually put off your dreams until everything is “perfect,” or until you “have enough time.” When have you ever sat back and told yourself, “I’ve got a lot of free time now!” If you’re like me, that’s never. Start now, and keep refining it. Taking that first step might be the most difficult. But you can do it. Sticking with it and moving the needle forward a little bit each day is difficult to. Embrace the challenge. Learn to love it. One thing is for sure. If you never even start, you will certainly never finish. So go ahead, click that button to register and create a team and get moving!