8 Traits Of The Incredible Team Behind Shark Tank’s Daymond John

Hustle Branding- Daymond John

I was with Daymond a few weeks ago to prepare for a webinar he was doing on the subject of entrepreneurship. The webinar went extremely well as about 900 companies were represented on the webinar and questions were flying in on the bottom of the computer screen in his office.

One of the questions was about what he felt the reason why he is still so on top of his game despite the fact that he no longer necessarily needs to worry so much about money as he did in the past when he was building FUBU.

Without hesitation Daymond mentioned that he gives the credit to having an incredible team surrounded by people that are better than him.

What Makes A Great Leader

As I have said in the past, the jack of all trades.. is a jackass. The greatest leaders find people who are better than them in their particular skill set. Henry Ford was one of the greatest examples that true leaders are defined by how well they can put a team together. He was frequently questioned about his lack of ‘overall knowledge.’

Ford put that to bed when he answered one day by saying (and I am paraphrasing), “why would I waste my time learning a little bit about everything when I can push a button in my office and provide any of you the exact answer you need?’ Henry Ford showed that the greatest leaders show the benefits of  what is called, specialized knowledge.

Being I am with Daymond’s team on a frequent basis and attend his weekly team meetings I have to say I know his team extremely well and Daymond, like Ford, has created an exceptional team of specialized knowledge. That is what makes Daymond a great leader.

A Peak Inside Daymond’s Team

When I look around the room there are a lot of people who were there from the very first days of FUBU. Anyone who has been there from the beginning who has earned his trust Daymond has gone out of his way to find a position for. To be clear, if there is no position, there is nothing he can do, however when I say he tries extremely hard, I mean it. Like I said, he only works with people he trusts.

There are also plenty of people who are not from his original days. They are very impressive and as you can probably guess, very loyal and trustworthy.

Here are some of the qualities I have observed in the team meetings that makes Daymond’s team work so well:

1) Family

Daymond’s team is a family in every sense of the word. Every person truly is acting to better the team. They are not trying to grandstand nor are they trying to put others down, something that I have seemed to witness more times than I care to count in my years in the business world.

2) Accountability

Every department is completely responsible for their agenda. There is no crossover.

3) Open To Suggestion

Despite the fact that each department is completely responsible for its agenda, once the department member gives his or her update, the room is open for any feedback, comments or suggestions.

What’s so powerful is that each department is not only open to suggestion but actually eager for feedback as there are no egos in the room. Let me repeat and create a whole separate line for this and make it bold…

 There are no egos in the room.

4) Masterminds

Once you take away any possibility of ego conflict, amazing things happen. Every week, there seems to always be a comment or suggestion that someone makes from another department that ends up creating an even greater solution.

Since Daymond’s favorite book is Napoleon Hill’s, Think and Grow Rich, I will use the principle   of mastermind groups. When two or more people come together to discuss something, a third ‘consciousness’ is created which makes the idea even better.

It is also important to note that quite often, a department may tend to get lost in the trees, and masterminds and teams create a very useful outside perspective that a person may not see because well, like I said they get stuck in the trees and need someone to give them an objective view of the forest. Companies who get stuck in the trees often bring in outside consultants, or external agencies.

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5) The Power Of Deadlines

Reports are turned in the end of every month. I think this is extremely important as I have found if you don’t have a deadline or write down your progress… you will not make progress.

6) Listening

When everyone goes around the room and Daymond is at the meeting… he listens. He does not interrupt, and does not let any ego get in the way. He will only comment if he feels he can add value. As I have mentioned before, I believe listening is Daymond’s greatest skill and he uses it to great advantage over the other Sharks on Shark Tank.

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7)  Correspondence is excellent

The team circulates information to the rest of the company extremely well, not only from the end of the month reports but on a daily basis. Correspondence and clarity are essential to business.

8)  There is no micro-managing

This I believe is the most important… . If you don’t do your job then you become a pain in Daymond’s behind. This has not happened much as Daymond is very clear about how he hates micromanaging as he simply does not have the time… nor do his division heads… nor does anyone.

I’m sure there are many things I have missed but these 8 points are the most important characteristics that come to my head when I think of Daymond’s team.

Please add to the discussion and let me know what you think are the greatest attributes of a team.

Have a great day!

MJ

A Look Inside The Extraordinary Hustle of Shark Tank’s Daymond John

Hustle Branding- Daymond John's Hustle

I have always known Daymond to possess extreme hustle, a trait I believe is essential for the success of every entrepreneur. A few years back, however, when I started doing some things with Daymond again I noticed that his hustle had even increased and I wasn’t quite sure why.

Why would someone who doesn’t need to hustle anymore increase his hustle?

While there are many different reasons why people hustle, I believe hustle is inside the DNA of every true entrepreneur. Just because you start a business does not mean you are an entrepreneur as many people try the entrepreneurial route only to realize it was not for them.

Entrepreneurs go through far more valleys than peaks and it is the hustle inside them that pushes them to never give up and never give in. That does not mean entrepreneurs don’t stop to re-gather, re-assess and re-strategize. It is well documented that Daymond did that a number of times before finally correcting his mistakes and finding his way to the other side.

While many entrepreneurs have initial hustle, I believe in order to keep the hustle the reasons why you hustle change. That is where I found the answer to these questions I was asking myself…

Why does Daymond keep hustling… & why in the world is he even hustling harder now when he clearly doesn’t have to?

Let’s look at 3 types of hustle Daymond has possessed and the type of hustle he has that keeps re-inventing his need to hustle even more today than ever before.

1) The Hustle To Secure Your Mask First

Any entrepreneur worth his or her own salt will tell you the importance of securing the mask tightly around you before securing the mask around other people. The reason is simple… you can’t help anyone if you can’t help yourself.

Back when I met Daymond 20 years ago, he didn’t even have a full set of samples. To go from that point to where he is now takes such insane hustle I can write a book about it. Luckily, I don’t have to, since he beat me to the punch and told the whole story in his first book, Display of Power which should be required reading for every entrepreneur.

While his hustle in the beginning may have been more for monetary reasons (as I believe it should have been), I believe his hustle now is for different reasons.

2) The Hustle To Be The Best of The Best

One big reason for Daymond’s hustle today is that he has a tremendous appetite to be the best of the best in the branding world.

It is important to note that this ‘shark-like appetite’ (pardon the pun) to be the best does not come from a yearning for the praise of others, but rather because it is a demand he puts on himself to constantly elevate his game.

Branding is his stomping ground, he owns it, and he hustles harder than anyone I know to learn more every day.  He has a passion to create great brands, make good brands great and make great brands even greater.

3) Hustling To Help Others

Today, I notice a huge motivator for Daymond’s hustle is how much he genuinely loves seeing other people succeed around him. Now that he has secured his mask financially so to speak, he has the opportunity to help others experience the joy of success. That is one of the traits I admire the most about him.

I remember I took a ride to Baltimore with him this summer to visit someone he was mentoring and, for a good stretch of the ride he was talking about how excited he was to be in a position to help others.

I sit in a meeting once a week with Daymond and his team (if Daymond isn’t traveling) and Daymond is so proud of the wins as he sees how it is changing lives. Not just the lives of the people in the room, but the lives of the people who each department represents. In a given meeting, one leader from one division may be talking about a win that helped 50 people. Go around the room and the numbers add up.

Daymond is making a lot of people successful, however he never takes the credit as he always gives it to the team. Yes, of course the team deserves it… but so does he.

4) Extreme Hustle= Little Sleep

I normally go to sleep around 1130 and wake up around 5am. I’ve tried to cut the hours but I can’t. Many times when reach out to Daymond, I’ll see his response in the morning and notice he sent the reply around 2 or 3 in the morning… and then I see him doing his entrepreneur roll call at 5am! (If you don’t know about his entrepreneur roll call follow him on Facebook here.)

How in the world can someone get 2-3 hours of sleep and still keep it moving without skipping a beat?

I think you know the answer to that… HUSTLE

The Wrap Up

Most entrepreneurs learn to delegate responsibilities as their businesses grow however no entrepreneur can ever delegate his or her own hustle.

Hustle, in my opinion, is the secret ingredient, “the fire” that keeps the dream going within every entrepreneur. If that fire goes out, you will never have that secret ingredient to push you through the stumbling blocks and overcome the bumps, lumps, scrapes and bruises to come out the other side.

Do you have a quick story of hustle you can share that may help someone reading this post?

Have a great day & HUSTLE HARD!

MJ