Give Your Team a Balanced Diet

IN business, such as in sport, you need hod carriers as well as artists, stability in harness with skill, while caution should be allied to courage and creativity.

Remember, as a team, you need to have a range of attributes to make business work and you should consider the objectives of the team and what it is you hope to achieve before recruiting. While thinking about the main tasks being undertaken, identify the competencies needed to overcome obstacles and complete the assignment – then decide on the people you need.

Make sure the team benefit from your recruitment decision. For instance, an all-rounder in terms of business acumen could get the vote over someone with first-rate technical ability and little other besides, especially if you have to compromise because of limited resources.

Which mix of people will benefit the entire unit? Make sure you have at your disposal creative flair, enthusiasm, decision-focus, dynamism, sound judgement, discipline, conscientiousness and knowledge. And a lot more besides.

That way, like the manager of a sports team who has the perfect blend of characteristics in his ranks, you know you are on to a sure-fire winner and can become world class.


  • You need a variety of different skills to run a business.
    When I started out it was a case of trying to get who we could afford. That wasn’t easy and yes, we had to make compromises as that is something you have to face.
    It’s a bit like a fantasy league football team. You can only make a budget stretch so far and it’s not always easy getting who you want.
    A balanced team is the key. And sometimes that means not recruiting the best.

  • It goes without saying that a good team is a varied team. All great teams have a blend, a mix of different qualities.

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