Written by Guest Author | July 27, 2015
You’ve probably read countless times before about how the best teams are bigger than the sum of their parts, but does that mean you don’t need to pay attention to those ‘parts’?
Of course not. It just means that you need to ensure that all of those different workers are committed to your wider team’s vision and success – as well as, of course, capable of contributing to it.
There’s therefore a certain paradox to team building – yes, you need to look to the big picture, but you also can’t ignore all of the individual parts that make up that picture.
Team building starts with recruitment
A person’s particular talents, experiences, attitudes and skills are all of great value to an employer like you. When you combine these elements with the right group exercises, communication and bonding, you are well on the way to building a great team.
In many ways, then, contrary to what is often said about team building, it is the individuals rather than the team that need to come first. This means that before almost anything else, you need to hire the right people.
Even so, however, it’s not just a case of assembling a team of individual stars who won’t work well together. You will still need to adopt a team perspective at every stage of the hiring process.
Quick tips for hiring for a team
Remember that when hiring great people for a team, it’s not enough to consider just their skills and past accomplishments. That’s because their potential fit into your wider team and culture will also have to be assessed.
This is why you will need to be detailed in your recruitment advertising, hiring for specific responsibilities, tasks and functions that will help to ensure that the eventual hire complements your other team members.
Indeed, ‘complements’ is a key word when you’re seeking new team members. Don’t hire a bunch of people who all think and act the same, or who are all inclined to agree with you constantly.
As you seek talent, consider what kind of personality would thrive in your team. A more chilled-out one? A highly-strung one? An introverted or extroverted one? Remember that you can teach skills, but that a person’s basic personality is unchangeable.
Oh, and as early as the first interview, don’t be shy in communicating what your company’s vision and values are. The candidate will need to be excited about these things straight away – otherwise, they might not be such a sound hire.
Great teams don’t just occur by accident – they are deliberately built, and the first step in doing that is to hire the right people.