Do You Have the Right People on Your Team?

One of the best pieces of advice I received in my corporate career came from a peer. As I was appointed to a leadership position, she told me: “Make sure you have the strongest possible management team under you.”\r\n\r\nDo you have the best people on your team? Here are three factors I suggest you look for in the people integrating your team:\r\n\r\n1. Do they have the right aptitude and attitude? I came across this concept while attending a talk by Stephen M.R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust. Team members should not only be capable of performing the task on hand (aptitude), but also willing to work as a team (attitude). A single team member with a flaw in one of these two factors can derail the whole team performance.\r\n\r\n2. In terms of attitude, are they capable of working as a “community”? In his book The Secret of Teams, author Mark Miller highlights the importance of having team members “exhibit genuine care and concern for one another. It is what gives additional meaning to the work beyond the value of the work itself.” I would add that it is a lot more fun to work in a team of people who know each other well inside and outside the office.\r\n\r\n3. Do they embrace continuous learning? Team members should be almost fanatical about expanding their skills. Even if you choose the right people today, if they lag behind the customer, industry, and overall business trends, as well as the leadership and managerial abilities needed for the job, they will eventually become unfit for the job.\r\n\r\nI welcome your reactions.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Consultant, Facilitator & Coach\r\nwww.cannon.consulting

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