Have you learned this valuable lesson yet?  That lesson is that the people closest to you determine your level of success or failure?  The better the people around you are – the better you are.  And if you want to go to the highest level you are capable of – you can only do it with the help of other people.


Millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie said, “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men SAY.  I just watch what they DO.”  And folks – that’s sounds advice.

As I watch what people do, I’ve discovered that the ones I want with me are people who are productive and make things better.

These people discover resources in places you thought were barren?  They find prospects where you believed there weren’t any.  They create opportunities where you thought none existed.

They take something average – and make it exceptional.  They never make excuses – they always find a way to make things better.

Even under the worst of circumstances – people with potential make things happen/better.  Dr. George W. Crane observed

“There is no future in any job.  The future lies in the person who holds the job.”
SO – if you want to go far on the success journey, partner with others who know how to make things better.

A lot of people are able to recognize an opportunity after it has already passed them by.  But seeing opportunities coming – that’s a different matter.

Because opportunities are seldom labeled; that’s why you have to learn what they look like and how to seize them.

Ellen Mercalf said, “I would like to amend the idea of being in the right place at the right time. There are many people who were in the right place, but didn’t know it?  You have to recognize when the right place and right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity.  There are plenty of good opportunities out there.  You can’t sit back and wait.”

Great leaders know that, and they don’t rely on luck.

If your dream is big and will require the work of a group of people – then the people you select to go with you on the journey must be people of influence.

After all, that’s what Leadership is – INFLUENCE.  And when you think about it, all leaders have two things in common:  They’re going somewhere and they are able to persuade others to go with them.

Every person around you has some effect on you and your ability to fulfill your vision.  You’ve probably noticed this before.  Some people actually seem to get in the way and cause problems and create drama.  They always take more from you than they give in return.

While others add value to you, improving everything you do.

When they join you on the journey – synergy develops that takes both of you to a higher level.

Leaders multiply people, Moses was told to appoint captains over 10, 50, 100, & 1,000’s.  Look for leaders who attract other leaders.

NOTE: To keep attracting better and better leaders – you have to keep developing your own leadership ability.  In this way, you and your team will continue growing – not only in potential but also in effectiveness.

6.   PEOPLE WHO EQUIP OTHERS. Eph. 4:11-13.
Any leader who can equip others to improve and succeed – can empower an army of successful people, capable of going anywhere and accomplishing almost anything.

19th Century author and playwright Victor Hugo said, “There’s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

Ideas are the greatest resource a successful person could ever have.  And when you surround yourself with creative people – you will never be at a loss for inspiring ideas.

A good attitude is critical to your success.  It determines how far you will be able to go on your success journey.

But don’t’ underestimate the importance of a positive attitude in the people around you either.

Having people around you with negative attitudes is like running a race with a ball and chain on your ankle.

You may be able to run for a while – but you’re going to get tired fast, and you certainly won’t be able to run as far as you’d like.

9.   PEOPLE WHO LIVE UP TO THEIR COMMITMENTS. (People who follow through.)

When people on your team share your level of commitment success is inevitable.  That’s why employees that don’t share the owner’s commitment – will always bring the value of the team or business, DOWN.  They don’t’ care!

Commitment helps you overcome obstacles and continue moving forward on the success journey, no matter how tough the going gets.  It’s the KEY to success in every aspect of life:  marriage, business, personal development, hobbies, sports – you name it.  Commitment can carry you a very long way.

Although this quality alone does not ensure success in another person – a lack of loyalty is sure to ruin your relationship with him or her.

Think of it this way:  When you’re looking for potential leaders, if someone you’re considering lacks loyalty – he is disqualified.

Don’t even consider taking them on your journey or placing them on your team.  Because, in the end, they will hurt you more than help you.

Finally, having exceptional people on the journey with you doesn’t happen by accident.  It’s true that the greater your dream, the greater the people who will be attracted to you.  But that alone isn’t enough.  You need to know what to look for in order to find the best possible people.

Making TEAM Work – To have teamwork everyone on the team has to WORK!

Jesus didn’t travel alone.  The first disciples didn’t travel alone.  It’s not God’s plan for us to travel alone either.

Learning how to build teams and learning how to be a team player is not only important for us personally, it’s important for the health of any organization.

I want to focus on teamwork principles.  Most of us know that as Christians our mission is to lead other people to Christ.  But we often stop there and think our responsibility ends.

It doesn’t. We are called to take people with us along the pathways and this journey of life we are on.  Here are some keys to help you build successful teams:

1.  Everyone belongs on a team, but not every team is for everyone. Mark 3:13
Often, people will become frustrated because they try joining a team, and it doesn’t work out.  Or, leaders will add people to a team and then scratch their head a short time later and wonder why the new team member suddenly left.

It’s really pretty simple.  Good leaders must be careful in how they position people on the team.  Great leaders know that not everyone belongs on their team.  But great leaders don’t stop there.

Great leaders help the volunteer find the right team, the right fit.  Their concern is not just with the team they manage.  It’s with the volunteer or worker, and making sure that they are successfully placed on the right team.  My yoke is easy!  Soar with Your Strength.

2.  The size of your dream should determine the size of your team.
If you are thinking that you don’t need other people to make your dream come to pass, then your dream simply isn’t big enough.  God did not place us on earth to walk in solitary isolation, working alone.  (Eccl. 4:9-12)

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (New International Version)
9 Two are better than one,?because they have a good return for their labor:?10 If either of them falls down,?one can help the other up.?But pity anyone who falls?and has no one to help them up.?11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.?But how can one keep warm alone??12 Though one may be overpowered,?two can defend themselves.?A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Alone we are limited in what we can do.  When we partner with even one other person, we double our capacity.  Add a third person, and we triple our capacity.  Deut. 32:30 – One can chase a 1,000 – 2 can put 10,000 to flight! If you are dreaming big things for your life and for the Kingdom of God, teamwork is essential.  You cannot achieve the dream without the team.  It takes teamwork to make a dream work!

3.  It is better to have many people doing less on a team than it is to have one or two people doing a lot.
We need more people doing, doing less for more people.

A big mistake is replying on only one or two people to get a job done.  When only one or two people are on the team, you have big problems if they leave for some reason.

Burnout happens when leaders continue to pile things upon the faithful volunteer or worker who never says no, until the day comes when they suddenly quit the team altogether.

Keeping a team small also does not allow others to share in the joy of serving.

Great leaders recognize that part of the purpose of having a team is to expand opportunities for others, and to encourage friendship and fellowship to occur as the team grows and expands.Theater – Understudy – Sports

4.  Not all positions on the team are equal, but all people are equal.
(Only equal in value to God)
Title and talent, temperament and availability are all part of the placement on the team.

For example, you might have a very talented speaker, but their style and temperament are not a good fit for teaching in Junior high.

The fact that they are not the leader of the team does not make them less valuable.

It makes their position on the team different, but as individuals they are every bit as valuable as everyone else.  Treat everyone with respect, regardless of the position they hold on the team.

5.  It doesn’t matter who has the title, the person who has the most influence is leading the team.

If you’re leading and no one is following – you’re just out for a walk.  In the best scenarios, the person with the most influence is the designated leader.

But often what happens is that the “faithful” volunteer or worker who always shows up is put into position as the leader, when in reality, they are simply a good worker.

Simply put, true leaders are the people with influence, either positive or negative.

In building successful teams, it is important to place people into roles that fit.  Equally important, you need to periodically assess the teams you manage, to find out who is the influencer.

It’s not always the person with the formal position.  This is why many departments don’t grow.  They have a good person – not a leader.

6.  The future growth of your church or business is totally dependant upon your ability to grow your existing teams.

Captains of 10s, 50s, 100s, and 1,000s leaders produce people!

Stagnating growth should indicate that it’s time for a change.  A failure to grow can almost always be traced to the leadership.

Everyone on the team should be fully engaged and involved in helping to expand the team.  In fact, a person’s value to an organization is largely linked to seeing the numbers of people they are leading.

If a worker or designated leader does a good job in the role they are assigned, but aren’t leading growing teams of volunteers, it’s time for a change.

They may be offering a set of skills, but not a lot of value.  Valuable people are those who have proven track records of being able to build teams and influence others to follow them.  They solve problems – they don’t create them.

7.  Teamwork makes any task easier and a whole lot more fun.

It doesn’t matter what the task or job is that needs to be done.  It’s always more fun when you don’t have to do it alone.  Life is like that too.

When we recognize and realize that it is our responsibility to take others with us on the journey, we are opening our world up to a lot more fun.

Healthy teamwork always makes the job easier.  Partnerships always help to share the load.  Lasting relationships and warm memories are created when a group of folks get together for a common purpose.

Embrace the call to be a team builder.  Teamwork always wins.


In 1878 a young man named Harley inherited a soap and candle business from his father.  This family had supplied soap to the Union Army during the Civil War.  Harley called his cousin James and said, “let’s you and I form a partnership to create a new soap that will compete with these imported castile soaps.

So they produced a white soap and it began it sell very well.  One day the guy who ran the factory (Clem)  — let the machine that mixed the ingredients in the soap run too long.  As it went longer – more air began to get into the soap.

Well, Harley said, “I don’t want to lose all this soap, lets cut it into bars and sell it.”  But because of the extra air in the soap – people discovered the soap would FLOAT?

It became an instant hit and these men became multi-millionaires out of this partnership.

One day Harley was IN CHURCH and he heard the minister quote Psalms 45:8  –  “All of your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassis, out of the Ivory palaces, by which they made you glad.”

So Harley called his new product – IVORY SOAP!  All of this came out of two Christian men who decided to team up.  By the way, their last names were Proctor & Gamble!

SEE IT?  Partnerships have power!  This Bible is a story of Teamwork and Partnering.  It all started with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Incorporated.  It’s extended through a spiritual family thru Abraham’s seed – and it’s now existent thru the Church,  THE BODY OF CHRIST.  Teamwork always wins!

About Ron

Ron and Anne founded the first Christian Fellowship Church in Harlingen, Texas in 1982. Ron presently serves as its apostolic overseer. He travels nationally and internationally motivating and challenging people to be effective in their call and ministry to their local church, their community, and the marketplace.

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  1. ed smith says:

    Great piece of work, and very sound advice!

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