When you're preparing dinner, the result depends to a great extent on the ingredients you start with. In the same way, your team's effectiveness and output depend largely on the skills, knowledge and abilities of the people you hire. That's why so many team problems—low morale, slipping attendance, loss of interest and substandard work, for example—flow directly from a poorly assembled team.
Savvy managers, therefore, go to great lengths to get the right number of hard-working, talented, motivated and positive people on their team. This won't guarantee success, of course, but it will make important goals a lot easier to accomplish. Here are some guidelines to help you staff your team for top effectiveness:
Avoid knee-jerk hiring. After a team member departs, most managers refill the position automatically. But it's smarter to use the change as a stimulus to rethink your entire team concept.
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