Coach Jim Johnson

Selecting Your Team

November 29, 2015

Are you selecting your best team?

As team leaders, we are often faced with the decision of whom to include on our squad.  The process in which you go about this is crucial to the success you have as a leader or coach.  As a basketball coach for most of my life, I have put together some tips for you as you assemble your team for action.  Enjoy.

  • Focus on the best TEAM. While we are tempted to select those who possess the most talent, we must always stay focused on assembling the best team  From top to bottom, we must include those who will fill the necessary roles for ultimate success.  They must buy in to what you are trying to accomplish and the values of the greater good.
  • Who can you trust in action?  Who can get the job done without your direct instruction?  You must be able to trust your team members to carry out tasks and be leaders on their own.  These individuals must trust their teammates well enough to put the team over personal accolades.
  • For most things, you must do your due diligence and discover the necessary pieces of information to make an educated decision.  Choosing your team is no different.  Think about the roles you need to fill and find someone who can fill the void.  Research everything you need to feel confident about compiling the best pieces that fit together.

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