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Jim Collins offers six things to look for when you’re putting together an all star team on the court, in business, or anywhere.

Key Points:

  • Jim Collins offers six things to look for when you’re putting together an all-star team on the court, in business, or anywhere. Find more in his book How the Mighty Fall.
    • Values. Core values are the basic set of beliefs and behaviors that matter to you. Don’t just try to instill your values in someone – look for people who intrinsically value the things that your team values.
    • Motivation. Nobody likes to be around the person who is always dragging. Find someone who doesn’t need you micromanage them, but somebody who’s a self-starter and is motivated to get the job done – even without you on looking over their shoulder.
    • Ownership. The true sign of a liberated person is not recklessness, but ownership. Look for people who are willing to take responsibility for their actions. They’re not viewing their role as just a job – they truly take ownership of what’s going on and what they’re producing.
    • Commitment. The signature of mediocrity is not consistently poor performance, but a lack of commitment to consistent habits. Find people who are committed – who go beyond the hype and actually follow through on tasks.
    • Passion. Find people who have passion for what they’re doing. You can’t teach someone intensity or passion – they either have it or they don’t. They pour their life out for the task because they were made to do it.
    • Maturity. Collins talks about finding someone who has something he calls “window and mirror maturity:” when something goes really well, he looks through the window and points at all those other team members who did that thing, and when something goes poorly, he looks in the mirror and recognizes his part in the problem. 

Quote This:

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you’re doing or learning to do. – Pele 

See Also: Integrity, Teams

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are the core values of your team? What percentage of your team really buys into them?
  3. Who is a motivated person on your team? Why are they motivated?
  4. Who is someone who needs help being motivated? Why are they lacking motivation?
  5. Explain how taking ownership – instead of being reckless and unaccountable – is the sign of true liberation for an individual. 
  6. Name three habits your team members must be committed to in order to break your team out of mediocrity.
  7. Who is the most passionate person on your team? What makes them stand out as the most passionate person? 
  8. Explain “window and mirror maturity.” On a scale of 1-10, what rating would you give yourself on that kind of maturity? Why?
  9. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.