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Drafting a Championship Team

Posted by Allyson Edwards on Aug 30, 2017 12:00:08 PM
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As we prepare for the Super Bowl, we all have a tough decision to make- which team should I root for?

The two teams playing in the Super Bowl are arguably the best two teams in the NFL this year. However, there is a lot of time, coaching, and leadership that goes into building a championship team.  

Behind all great teams is a well-thought-out strategic plan and leaders that have a proven methodology to attract, retain, and engage top players. 

The same holds true in the workplace, and a solid strategic plan starts with establishing 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 full of a diverse range of candidates, it’s time to begin the vetting process. Here are three key questions to ask about each candidate:

1. 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. 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.

2. 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. 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.

3. Does this person have a high EQ?

90% of top performers are high in emotional intelligence (EQ). 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 leads 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 post was written by Allyson Edwards and may not be copied or published without PeopleGuru's express written permission. 

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