Success Is Not a Solo Effort: How To Build a Great Team

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Dear Readers:

When people ask me, “how do you do it? How do you plan all these events and still have time to do everything else?” My answer is always the same, that it takes a nation, and yes I truly mean it. It’s a combination of discipline, values, and solid support system both at home and in the office. Today’s blog will focus on the importance of building a great team that is founded on trust, compassion, and admiration on both sides.

I believe that one of the most important things to do in a working environment is to surround yourself with people who believe in you and whom you believe in too. This is not an easy task but if you play your cards right, from the beginning, you’ll be able to set yourself and your team up for success.

It’s extremely important to keep in mind that when you hire someone, resumes are important, but your gut feeling never misses the mark, so trust it. Truth is, you can spot the good ones early on even if they don’t have the experience. I firmly believe that planners either have it or they don’t. It’s as simple as that. After years of training several dozens of planners for both the corporate and wedding world, I have come to appreciate a few things to recognize when building a team:

When defining your team, always remember that they are a reflection of you. When you train them, please take the time to do it properly and always outline your expectations. This will prevent bad habits to brew.

Let them know that their best is always enough. If someone is really giving 100%, pushing them for more or devaluing them is not only unprofessional, it’s unfair.

With a Happy Heart,


Kathy Romero is the Vice President and The Head of Global Wedding & Event Planning for Preston Bailey Designs. She shares her thoughts and advice on Preston’s Blog every Thursday.

(Photo Courtesy of John Labbe)

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