How to Choose Your Team
Whether you’re simply surrounding yourself with good people or you’re actually choosing a team for a start-up, a corporate project, or an executive management group, here are a few ideas to help you choose the best team possible.
Choose People Who Offer the Best Fit for the Team
We hear that often, the notion of hiring for “fit.” But what does it really mean?
Hiring for fit means hiring for cohesiveness. Cohesiveness is the degree to which teams stick together in pursuit of a common goal.
Cohesive teams are better able than most to focus on processes, instead of people. They assume everyone on the team has good intentions, and they give each other credit for wanting the same success. There are no hidden agendas on cohesive teams.
Cohesive teams fully commit to decisions and strategies, and they hold each other accountable. And because cohesive teams are, generally, comprised of people who like each other, open communications and a friendly environment are usually hallmarks of such teams.
Highly cohesive teams are incredibly committed to goals, happy when team members succeed, and feel part of something significant — all of which lead to greater performance.
Choose People Who Offer the Best Fit for a Role
Sometimes you just need an accountant — or an astrophysicist.
The point is don't hire a young, fresh, highly-motivated recruit that everyone likes and wants to see succeed — if what your team really needs is a skilled or educated veteran. Enthusiasm can make up for lack of experience, but not always.
Be honest with yourself and your team about what’s needed, and seek new team members accordingly.
Choose People to Expand Access or Influence
Some people are just more connected than others. Sometimes you or your team will need access to those connections. When possible, recruit people who enhance the team’s access or influence — internally or externally.
Candidates with large networks often know how to get things done, or they know where to turn when the team finds itself in unfamiliar territory.
Choose People for Character
A foundation of any successful team is character. So when in doubt, hire for character. You’ll find it’s easier and more fun to work with positive, accountable people who take responsibility for their behaviors. This type of candidate is almost always an asset to a team. Whether they’re young and coachable or experienced and willing to mentor, people of character are people on whom you can rely.