Learn How to Pick ‘Em

People are the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Who’s going to work with you? In which positions? How will they work with each other?

Learning how to identify, attract, and retain the right people is one of the most valuable skills out there. Think about this enough, and it will change the way you hire, manage, and retain. It might change the way you work.

Start early. Ask yourself what each person brings to the table. Watch and learn. Measure your predictions against performance.

And remember: many of the great coaches were scouts first and foremost. After all, it’s a lot easier to coach a team than to form one. As we all learned as children, hammering puzzle pieces into place wasn’t fun for us, or good for the pieces.