Team Building: It’s About We

Where would you be without a team?


As the founder of TaleMed—the top-ranking healthcare professional service in the U.S.—Ken Tracy knows firsthand the importance of intentionally and thoughtfully building a team. 

In this video, he discusses the tactical and behavioral elements of team building, including identifying needed talents, placing the right people in the right situation at the right time, creating opportunities for people to succeed, and providing training to increase the team’s breadth and capabilities.

Currently, I am president and chairman of a company in Cincinnati, Ohio called TaleMed, and we have grown from a startup operation to now being ranked as the number one healthcare professional service company in the United States. A lot of people may think, "Wow, look at what you did," and it's not about you, it's not about the I-factor, it's about the we-factor.

I always say that many times, because I've had the opportunity to coach basketball. In any team situation, you know it's not one individual who makes the team great. It's about knowing what the talents are of each individual, putting them in the right situation, at the right time, for them to demonstrate their qualities and make the team better. I have found in any organization, if you stop trying to find the right people, to put them in the right place, at the right time, your company will fail.

We've been blessed at TaleMed to identify the right people at the right time, and get them the right training so that they may utilize their skills to make our team better. It's all about “we”. Who is going to help you, as a company, become great? Because at the end of the day, everybody wants to be part of success, and so it's learning your people, knowing what they can do, put them in the right place, at the right time, and great things will happen.

If you ever feel that yourself, that you're leading down that path where it becomes the I-world, take a step back and think for a moment, what would your company be like if you didn't have any employees? Do you have the skill to be a great accountant? Do you have the skill to be a great HR person? Do you you have the skill to be a great operations person? And more importantly, do you have the time to do all those jobs? You don't, and you never will. Ask yourself those questions, because once you stop to ask yourself your questions, you're going to realize how valuable those people are.

When we’re younger, you always wanted to feel good, it was all about yourself. One of the most interesting things is there's a point in your life that you take that step of leaving the I-world and going into the we-world. Once you start walking down that path, it's amazing what you start to see, and the relationships you start to build, and the respect you start to see for other people, and the things you start to learn about the skills of other people that just only make you better and better.

I've always said that if you go to a party and you're the smartest guy in the room, leave. Go find a room where you're not the smartest, and learn. In life today, it's not about you, it's about we.

Ken Tracy

Ken Tracy was appointed interim president of Cincinnati Christian University in February 2014. The Board of Trustees affirmed him for the position permanently in May 2014.

A 1988 graduate of CCU, Tracy has 27 years of financia...

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