Select “A” Players
Perpetuating teamwork is the final step in leadership because when your organization is working as a cohesive team you achieve more goals and then morale goes up and quality increases. We look at the importance of a team and how to use the team to achieve the desired outcome. As a leader you should strive to select “A” players. These are people who are smart, have a good work ethic, are aligned with your companies values and your purpose and are nice.
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When you are creating a team, always select “A” players. You have to have the best people on your team to create the synergy needed to overcome challenges and meet the desired outcomes.
Everything we have talked about up to this point is the foundation. Without “A” players it is going to be difficult to execute.
“A” players are those people that allow synergy to happen. They help perpetuate innovation. You must hire the best people and have to be willing to fire those who are not the best, because one bad apple can poison the bunch.
There is an acronym you can use to help you select the “A” players, SWAN:
- Smart – Hire people who are smart. If you are trying to create synergy and innovate, you need smart people.
- Work Ethic – You can’t train a work ethic. If you want people to come to work on time and maybe work late when needed you need someone with a good work ethic.
- All In – You want someone who is all in with your company. You want someone who aligns with your company, with the core values and with your purpose. That will make things much faster.
- Nice – Hire people who are nice especially if they are interacting with clients, but also those who work internally with your team. You want nice people to create that positive environment and synergy within your team.
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