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The Secret to Building High-Performing Teams

This post originally appears at 3dtek.com
3D Tek, Inc. is a boutique Executive Search Firm that was founded in 1997 to help clients find and acquire High Performing Teams.


The Secret to Building Hire High-Performing Teams

Regardless of corporate size, organizations struggle with one common problem: difficulty finding, attracting and onboarding high performers. Their current approach isn’t working. In fact, it keeps them from achieving the holy grail of organizational goals…VISION.

This issue is present in every business sector.
Services, Manufacturing, Government, Sports, Franchises, and Start-ups. No one is immune. Not even the Fortune 100. It is a terrible monster, with tentacles, that can puncture the most critical areas of an organizational chart. This is the stuff that keeps CEOs up at night.

SOLVING THE PROBLEM
Is it a Pipe Dream?

If we could solve this one problem, organizations would attain their true objectives. Revenue goals. Record profitability. And ample cash flow to allocate to every department. Let us not forget the sweet smell of achievement. The general sense of
well-being residing throughout an organization’s culture. These experiences come to those who work smarter.

When a company is humming, creating more value for their clients, people notice. And they talk. Sound like a pipe dream? Not if you know how to hire High Performers in every position.

THE EXPERIENCE

Here is a concept to wrap our arms around: Companies do not build high-performing teams. They hire them. It doesn’t matter how great a manager or coach is—or thinks they are. They still have to hire the right talent.

The only time that I know of that went against this principle—where average talent got to be that of the top-performing team in the world— was in the 1980 Olympics.

The Soviet Union had won the gold medal in men’s hockey in six of the seven previous Winter Olympic Games. And were the favorites to win once more in Lake Placid. They came to the Olympics as their country’s most celebrated professionals. On the flip side, Team USA consisted of amateur and collegiate players. It was the youngest team in the tournament and U.S. national history.

“INSANITY IS
DOING THE SAME
THING OVER AND
OVER AGAIN AND
EXPECTING
DIFFERENT
RESULTS.”
– ALBERT EINSTEIN

A great manager (Coach Herb
Brooks) was responsible for hand-picking each player. These young men beat the best players in the world—The Soviet Union’s team of pros. Nothing short of a miracle! Being from the U.S., it was magnificent to watch and it brings smiles when thinking of that series, historically referred to as The
Miracle on Ice, even today.

I don’t know about you — but how often do COACH HERB BROOKS AND
“miracles” 1980 OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM IMAGE CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
happen?

How to find, attract, and onboard high performers has historically eluded most individuals and organizations. History is our petri dish. Mis-hires are unfortunate, prevalent, conclusive, and expensive—very expensive!

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