The Olympics are winding down and there have been absolutely incredible displays of accomplishment – the blending of mind and body – providing unprecedented feats. It can make you wonder if we’ve even come close to reaching our potential as human beings. So, I began pondering about this notion of a Dream Team, a term most commonly attached to the 1992 USA Olympic men’s basketball team, and how it’s now bandied about in casual conversations all over – work, home and at play.
What type of skills and character traits would you consider if you had the opportunity to convene your work Dream Team? Long in tenure, sound body of knowledge, unlimited talent, well-developed imaginations, change acumen, fluent in organizational politics, polished sense of humor…what? Is it about assembling super-performers at all levels or as an alternative, relying on a healthy mix of people who possess the “right” ingredients necessary for high performance. Doesn’t matter what line of work, assembling a dream team is challenging and exciting simultaneously. I know, and so do you, many top performers who don’t have the requisite people skills needed to function on a work team. We also know a number of solid performers, good people who have “it” and bring it everyday, I mean every single day. They’re work horses, undeterred by disruption, challenged by change and eager to have a positive impact on people. When I worked inside organizations I used to love working alongside the passionate people who understood that being just a bit vulnerable was a key to forging effective working partnerships. When I hired these type of people, I would advise them to ‘bring their surf board, baby, because when you start here, we’re riding big waves” and I could see the glimmer shine in their eyes, they were ready to make a difference.
So, who’s on your dream team. Give it some thought, your spirit will appreciate it and let’s continue our journey in getting better all the time.