Rob Gill, founder of EPIC Wealth Management in Red Bank, New Jersey, and Kuda Biza, co-founder of Nunbelievable and #ThisIsMyEra, discuss the power of a team and offer insightful tips on how to build a successful team for your business.
Kuda was born in Zimbabwe, where he started his first business at the age of nine. It was a window cleaning business. He saw a need in the market, was able to provide a service, employed two friends, and they became a team of three walking around the neighborhood cleaning windows.
This is how you build a successful team.
Kuda saw a need that was different from what his competition was doing
He brought on some friends who were able to help him create a successful business, even at the age of nine.
He started a second business in the United States when he moved to Florida to go to college, a T-shirt business where 20% off profits was donated to educate children in Africa. Kuda grew up witnessing poverty in Zimbabwe firsthand and wanted to give back.
“I didn’t wait until I was wealthy to give back, I started now. I define “now” as ‘no opportunity wasted,’ so that is the reason I started the second business,” explains Kuda.
Out of college, Kuda was hired by a Fortune 500 company to create new businesses including the successful online food company Crockpot Cuisine.
Start Building Your Team with These Tips in Mind
Drawing from his own experiences, he shares with us here his top tips for building a successful team.
#1 Determine and Clarify Your Objective
When you’re building a team, you need to have clarity on what it is you’re trying to achieve.
What is a team?
A team is a group of people that comes together to achieve a particular objective.
With clarity and an objective, you’ll be able to identify the roles your team needs to meet your objective.
#2 Practice Clear, Effective Communication
Clear and effective communication is vital so that everyone knows their role on the team and what needs to be done.
Communication is a two-way street. As a leader, if you open up the lines of communication with your team so that they can communicate back to you, team communication becomes effective.
#3 Create a Positive Company Culture
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” explains Kuda.
If you have an excellent strategy but your culture is terrible and your team doesn’t want to wake up and work on your clear objective and goal, you’ll never achieve your goal. It is vital to build a culture that keeps people excited and motivated to work together.
Your team members:
Want to feel empowered that they can achieve their roles you’ve set up
They don’t want to be micromanaged
Empower your team members to be able to do their job in a fun and engaging way to achieve success together.
How is Kuda Using Team Building in 2021 to Ensure His Companies Continue to Achieve Their Goals?
Kuda’s T-shirt business, a social enterprise, and Crockpot Cuisine, an online food business, are the two dots in his career that led to his being a co-founder of Nunbelievable, a food business with a buy 1, get 1 model. For every cookie sold, Nunbelievable donates one meal.
So what’s in store for Nunbelievable for 2021?
“We want to feed 1 million people by the end of 2022,” said Kuda. “We need to build our team and corporate culture that helps feed into that dream and we’re going to sell a lot of cookies and feed a lot of people.”
For #ThisIsMyEra, his personal development business he founded with his wife, Ruth Biza, that offers a 90-day planner to help you focus on your goals, Kuda surveyed and found a top concern for people is their finances. Kuda worked with Rob— he built the team—to learn more about finance and how to incorporate it into the company’s approach, further enabling #ThisIsMyEra to help others achieve their goals and dreams.