Recruit Individuals but Select Team Members

You’re recruiting for a key position. You want to get the best person you can. Finally, you find a sure-fire candidate and bring him on-board with great expectations. And he fails.

Why? Because he didn’t mesh with the team. Because his traits, style or values somehow undermined his ability to get things done with and through people.

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Success requires collaboration and cooperation. Recruit individuals but select team members. As a football coach I learned a valuable lesson that holds true in business much as it does in sport: The best players don’t necessarily make the best team. But the best team usually wins.

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