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Building a Winning Team

As a manager of people, your job is to put together a winning team that will be able to accomplish the goals of the organization they are working for. Finding a winning team isn't as easy as it sounds. But it's worth all of the time and effort you will devote to the project.

When interviewing potential candidates, look for people who share the same values and work ethic as you do. And find people who have a passion for what they do. In other words, your goal should be to hire employees who don't just view their job as "just another job." Instead, find employees who have a passion for what they are doing. Those people are more likely to go "above and beyond" the call of duty to get the job done, and get it done right.

Some tips to help you put together a winning team:

  1. Devote some quality time to defining and understanding your company's goals. Then, imagine the kinds of employees who can help you recognize them. Make a list of the qualities and skills you need, and don't settle for less. It may take a while to find the right employees, but when you do, the reward will be sweet.

  2. Be picky in your selection, but remain open to all types of people. It's not always necessary to choose candidates who share your morals or values. Remember that diversity makes your organization stronger, more adaptable, and more interesting.

  3. Look for qualities that don't suggest laziness or mediocrity. Many people go into fields because of peer and family pressure, financial obligations, or simply because they don't have any particlular passion. These individuals are not likely to contribute much to your team. At the same time, watch out for over-ambitious candidates who are likely to use you and your company as stepping stones to something better. They may not care too much about the quality of their work or commitments they've made to you.

  4. Above all, remember that building a winning team depends completely upon the boss. Your words and actions will create the atmosphere for your employees and determine how hard they're willing to work for you. The way you treat your staff will influence their personal and professional growth, either for the better or for the worse. Pay attention, practice good communication about your expectations, and reward generously for successful accomplishments.

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