Let me start by saying how much I dislike the Miami Heat. The main reason? They’ve taken my Indiana Pacers out of the playoffs each of the past 3 years. While that really has no bearing on the rest of my observations, I couldn’t resist the temptation to throw them under the bus!
When Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh ended up on the same team prior to the 2010 season, it made headlines everywhere. At no time in recent memory had 3 true superstars (i.e., “A” players) played on the same team. Forgetting all of the complaints about how unfair this was and how it would upset the competitive balance in the league, bringing this group together created expectations of multiple world titles for the franchise.
Interestingly enough, that didn’t happen in 2010 (they didn’t even make the Finals) or in 2011 (they lost in the Finals). Only in their 3rd season together did the “Big 3” win their first title. They subsequently repeated in 2012. They advanced to the Finals again this season, but were down 3-1 to the San Antonio Spurs early on.
So, for all the money and hype, this celebrated group only reached their stated goal in 2 of their 5 seasons together. This doesn’t mean they’re a failure. On the other hand, most fans consider them to have under-achieved, relative to their…talent.
Talent vs Teamwork: What’s the Right Job Fit Combination?
There are scores of other examples like this in the world of sports, with this being only the most recent. The most “talented” teams don’t often win championships — at least not as often as the statistics indicate they should. Why?
Teamwork trumps talent. Plain and simple.
The same principle applies in the workplace. Creating an environment where people can fill their niche and contribute is a great place to start. Get the right people in the right seats on the bus, as Jim Collins would say. In addition, don’t allow selfish behaviors. This can range from blaming others for issues, starting rumors, misleading clients, etc. These are all the equivalent of a selfish basketball player — that single player refuses to pass the ball, complains about teammates, blames officials, etc. These types of behaviors can ruin a basketball team, but they can also ruin your corporate team — whether you work for a large or small company.
When you hire, don’t simply look at a person’s accomplishments. While those accomplishments can give you a good feel for whether the person can do the type of work you’re asking them to do, you have to also look a little deeper. Use assessments to better understand the core traits and characteristics of that person — how will they interact with your existing team? Listen to people who have worked with them before — how well did they fit in and how did they react when times were tough?
The San Antonio Spurs have flown under the radar for the last few seasons, but despite this recently won their 4th title in 10 years. They have an approach that works for them in terms of what defines great contributors for their team. Like the Spurs, doing your homework before making an offer will help you build a more sustainable and high-producing team.
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