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How Do You Define a Key Team Member?

How do you define a key team member? Please give me example. Thanks.

The Team Doc Says…

The definition of a key team member will more than likely vary from team to team, but I would define them as a person who is integral to the product or service the team delivers.

Maybe they are the only person on the team who has a particular skill, or one who handles key approvals for the team.

You might want to think of a key person as one who the team is very dependent on.

If that person left the team it would be hard for them to achieve their goals and objectives.

And in that case, a succession plan is in order so the team doesn't fold if that team member decides to walk out the door.

Retaining key team members, at least in the short term is important, but you should have a plan to spread their knowledge around so your company is not “held hostage” or left in a disastrous situation should they head out the door.

About Denise O'Berry

Denise O'Berry is President of The Small Business Edge Corp, a small business consulting firm. A small business owner since 1996, Denise understands the challenges facing small business. She's lived them herself and helped hundreds of clients work through the frustrations, fears, and joys of owning a small business. Denise is the author of Small Business Cash Flow: Strategies for Making Your Business a Financial Success, a practical guide about keeping the cash in your business - where it belongs. Find more resources and tips at deniseoberry.com and askteamdoc.com