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Gifted and Dynamic Public Speaker, with a gift of Servant Leadership. Engineer by degree, Leader by Destiny. My goal is to make people better so that they lead a successful life and career.

High Potential, No Results

My softball team is loaded with talent.   Each player has been hand-picked because of his performance on other teams and tournaments.  We are very imposing when we step on the field because we have sharp uniforms, and some of us are over 6 feet tall.  And with this imposing size, stylish uniforms, and devastating hitters, we have entered 7 tournaments.  And our best finish…second place.  But unfortunately, more times than not we loss two straight and went home early. 

The issue is that we look good on paper.  However, we have not produced any results (wins).  This can be true with picking a team at work.  We will pick people who have done well in other environments, or performed well under different circumstances.  We think they will function well and duplicate those results for us.  But then, when they come, its failure. 

Reasons can be several:

1.  Lack of mix with current team members

2.  They performed well in a very specific environment (i.e. every running back who played for Mike Shanahan in Denver ran for over 1,000 yards each year.  When the signed big contracts with other teams as free agents, they failed.)

3.  Skill set was different from expected.

4.  We picked the best player available, not the specific need we needed filled.

The last point is the issue most of the time.  Picking the best person via their resume or accomplishments from the past is not always the best answer.  Sometimes we need to pick the correct person to fill the need, even though they are not the best option.  Team dynamics and performance is more important than the individual.

Do you pick the best available?  Or do you choose the best for the specific function? 

Kontinue to Konker.

Chadwick Taylor is CEO of KONKERER Leadership

He helps clients develop leaders with a servant mentality through individual development and workshops

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2 Comments on “High Potential, No Results”

  1. William Darden September 5, 2011 at 10:19 PM #

    Yeah big chad you are so correct in your post today.. Other people need to read this and take a look at them selves in the mirror and see how to correct this problem. Skull spoken and even better written. Keep up the good work my brother GOD has truly blessed you so you are blessing others!

    • Chadwick Taylor September 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM #

      Thank you my brother for the encouragement. Keep blessing people with your powerful prayers.

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