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Drafting a Championship Team

Posted by Allyson Edwards on Aug 30, 2017 12:00:08 PM

Championship team

As coaches and teams wrap up preseason and prepare to kick off the 2017 NFL regular season, football fanatics are busy researching players, teams, and comparing stats to create the ultimate fantasy football team.

Building a championship team of any kind is not an easy task, but a well thought out strategic plan can help to ensure you’re recruiting the best of the best. A solid strategic plan begins with building your employer brand through mobile apps, social media, and career sites such as Glassdoor and CareerBuilder. These are just a few ways in which you can reach more individuals to expand your talent pool.

Once your talent pool is supplied with a diverse range of candidates, it’s time to begin the vetting process. Here are three key questions leaders need to ask about each candidate:

Does this person fit with our culture?

Culture is the glue that holds your organization together and why 60% of recruiters believe that culture fit is of highest importance when it comes to hiring.[i] You might have the perfect candidate on paper, but then discover that a candidate’s personal and social skills directly contradict your organization’s culture. A team cannot succeed and reach its full potential with a team member that isn’t onboard. Find yourself a true all-star player that looks good on and off paper.

Does this person want to grow?

According to the Harvard Business Review, 50% of high performers expect to meet with their manager at least once per month to discuss their performance reports. [ii] Team members that desire constant feedback are focused on personal growth and development. This willingness to learn and become better each day can encourage other team members and directly benefit your entire organization.

Does this person have a high EQ?

90% of top performers are high in emotional intelligence (EQ). [iii] Someone with a high EQ shows great levels of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. These four core skills in conjunction with each other are what lead an individual to become successful in their career, as they affect how an individual manages their behavior, social situations, and makes decisions.  

Cultivating a championship team requires a lot of commitment and dedication from both leaders and employees. Make sure you study potential hires and their “stats” before making your pick.

This blog was written by Ally Edwards, Marketing Guru at PeopleGuru. This post may not be copied or published without permission.


[i] “The Annual Social Recruiting Survey.” Jobvite Recruiter Nation Report 2016. 2016.

[ii] Willyerd, Karie. “What High Performers Want at Work.” Harvard Business Review, 20 May 2015,

[iii] Bradberry, Travis. “Why You Need Emotional Intelligence To Succeed.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 8 Jan. 2015,

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