If you want to blow your competition out of the water, you need more than just a great idea. You need a team that can turn that idea into reality. Use these tips to create a team that can successfully bring your vision to life:
- Hire for intelligence, not skills. Skills are teachable; raw intelligence is not. Hire people who reveal a competitive nature and problem-solving skills.
- Quit being a micromanager. Recruit top candidates, set guidelines and then allow people to pick their own path to meeting their goals. Stepping out of the way quickens decision making, boosts employee confidence and builds a culture of leaders.
- Stay focused on problem solving. When it comes to product development, you and your team should always be thinking of solving a problem for the organization or customer—not on generating revenue.
- Don’t base decisions on seniority. Instead, base raises and bonuses on merit. If your youngest employees are coming up with the great ideas, they should be rewarded—not their tenured coworkers.
- Encourage self-interest. Even your best employees will do what is best for themselves if push comes to shove. Don’t waste precious energy and time fighting that tendency. Embrace it. Give employees opportunities to job share and cross-train so they can find the role that best fits them.
— Adapted from “Nine Ways Great Companies Organize Their Teams for Success,” Kevin O’Connor, www.fastcompany.com.