Shield Youth Award: tips for success

It’s Dillon here from BBC1’s The Apprentice and I’m delighted to be an official ISPCC Shield Youth Award Judge. Over the coming weeks, I’ll keep in touch with you through this Ezine and help to guide you through your projects so that you can have the best possible chance at achieving success.
 
So where to start?
What is the secret to success in business and your project?
  1. Focus
There are so many elements to achieving success that I’ll cover over the coming weeks, but it all starts with a clear focus. Focus is key, but I don’t mean that in the cliché sense of the word – (obviously keep the goal in sight and be tenacious). What I really mean is, be aware of the strengths of each of your individual team members when working on the project. Identify who is strong in certain areas and then task them in that area. Supporting each other as a TEAM is the only way to achieve success! That might sound really obvious, but trust me, it is so easy to get carried away and either try to run a project solo or with one or two other team members who you get on with. If there’s one thing I learned from The Apprentice, it’s that no matter how ambitious, confident or skilled you are, you simply cannot carry a project to the finish line on your own without involving your team and delegating.
Remember to F.O.C.U.S.: Find Our Collective Unique Strengths.
  1. Share the Workload
Sharing the workload not only guarantees that you are more likely to succeed in the competition but it also will help you to feel more fulfilled personally within the project. By flexing your ‘integrity muscle’ and F.O.C.U.S., you empower your team and by identifying individuals strengths you will all feel happier and form stronger bonds – which is very fulfilling feeling inside andoutside the competition. In other words, happy team work equals productivity.
  1. A positive spin
Once you get stuck into a project, it can soon become stressful. Someone may not be as productive in one area as you might have originally thought and, under stress and deadlines, it’s easy to blurt out the negatives. Your observation that they are weak in a certain area might be accurate but that doesn’t make it ok to shout it out loud. Instead of saying ” sorry you’re really weak and pretty rubbish here” put a positive spin and say “hey you know what you’d be much better here because you’re great at such and such”. The reason this approach is key is because you don’t get someone’s back up or on a human level, hurt their feelings. A demoralised team player is a chink in the armour of a successful team and could very well be your downfall. Include each other and empower each other. Flexing your integrity muscles now not only gives you more of a chance of success in the competition but it will also stick with you in everyday life and give you character. Besides, it’s a clever tactic – people who like you will go above and beyond for you and not just put in the minimum effort. So, as a team, if everyone likes and respects each other, that’s one pretty formidable group.
As it’s the beginning of your project, its best to focus and lay those positive foundations now. A strong foundation is the biggest asset to any team. Good luck with starting all your projects and I’ll check in with you all again soon with more tips and insights to help you to win!
Get crackin’!
Dillon
Need tips mid-project? Feel free to tweet me @dillonstpaul @ISPCCchildline and I’ll endeavour to reply!
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