blog postsThree Tips for Building a UIDEA TeamThree Tips for Building a UIDEA Team Divide and conquer. The most successful teams play to the workstyle strengths of the members. Your office BFFs might be the people you want on your team, but if all of you are stellar storytellers and no one is a project management all-star, your timeline will likely slip. If you have a technology project, make sure you have a tech-speak-fluent member. If your idea requires a new process, you need someone process-minded. And you will almost always need 1) a salesperson or storyteller, 2) someone who can keep the team on task, and 3) a dedicated numbers person who can think about what your solution will actually cost in budget and time resources. Location, location, location. Whether you live down the road from your teammate or across the country, it’s extremely important that your team connects face-to-face regularly, even if that’s through Zoom, Skype, Snapchat, or whatever. UIDEA alumni consistently note that being detached from those connections made it harder to #GTD. Go cross-functional to be functional. Your team should all be passionate about your idea, but you don’t all have to work in the same industry function. Team Matchmaker combined alumni relations officers with a former MGO, stewardship officer, analysts, and developers to design the Match.com for awards and recognition. The I-57s mostly all had connections in some way to farmland but were MGOs, accountants, engagement administrators, unit chiefs, and program managers, and they developed the nation’s first community-based stewardship strategy for gifts of farmland.