Sunday, May 26, 2013

Superheroes in the Office

I remember the first time I saw the Justice League on TV as a kid. I couldn't believe my luck. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman . . . all on the same team and fighting for a single cause. What atomic-mutated baddie could hope to prevail against their combined might? And as it turned out, the only thing that could bring their heroics to a halt was the 30-second interruption of a sugary breakfast cereal ad.

Let's face it, whoever assembled that super powered group knew what they were doing. If a team is greater than the sum of its parts, how great are the possibilities of a team where every part is capable of super feats? OK, I suppose you could argue that Robin may have been riding some cape tails, but there's probably always room for the youthful exuberance of a boy or girl wonder.

So how does your team stack up against the Justice League?

Steve Jobs often said, "Make sure you're hiring only A-players." His fear was that hiring B-players would ultimately lead to a C-level team. Once you start settling for less than the best, it's easy to just start settling. Instead, take a page from the Justice League manual. Look for heroes. Look for people who can accomplish great things while participating as part of a great team.

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