We all could hear Jerry Jones utter these words around October. All of us, at one time or another, has. Once you realize you have a problem is the first step to overcoming it they say. I’ve found that when I’m not intentional about who and what I need to help solve a problem, I’m not very good at fixing it. Analyzing the situation and taking stock of what’s around you could go further than you may think.

The Dallas Cowboys are a good example of what can happen when you add just the right new person to a team. There is a lot more at play here, of course, but that’s as it is anywhere. For the point today, all it took was one new player (Amari Cooper) to help turn a losing problem around.  The Cowboys went from a 3-5 record to ending their season with a winning 10-6 record. I’m not suggesting it was all him, but his presence brought new energy and drive to a struggling team. He filled a gap, which allowed others to play their roles better and the outcome was evident. No, they didn’t make it to the Super Bowl. But building a winning team takes time, patience and persistence; an ongoing commitment to invest in their training, their development and giving them time to find their groove.

Once you know your problem and before you look for just another warm body, figure out what you really need to have a winning team. There could be much more to gain in the long run.