Successful sports teams and high-achieving companies have one thing in common: they make hiring great talent their top priority and dedicate valuable resources toward building their own “dream teams.” Can your organization take some hiring tips from successful sports teams? Consider some of these strategic moves that sports teams made over the years giving them a competitive edge.
Making Room for More Talent
There have been several notable free-agent transactions in the NBA in recent years. But, one of the most monumental recruits would have to be when the Golden State Warriors landed perennial all-star Kevin Durant in 2016. Even though they already had a roster full of talented players and were by far the best basketball team on the planet, they made room for even more accomplished players.
Similar to sports, the stronger that your construction recruiting efforts are, the more momentum, strength and reach you’ll have to grow and expand. Take advantage because no construction company is so far ahead of every other firm in the country with talent that they can afford to not bring on new talent. You’ll win more projects and get more clients than before. You can even go above and beyond your original goals.
Signing Durant put them over the edge enabling them to dominate the league for the past several years and even win back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018. Another prime example of teams that are always looking to upgrade includes the Los Angeles Lakers. They seized the opportunity to sign one of the best players ever by landing Lebron James within minutes of the start of free agency for $154 million. If the Lakers management would’ve hesitated, then he’d still be playing for their competition next season.
With the trade deadline looming, the best teams go out and make valuable acquisitions to gain a competitive edge. They always see room for improvements. The perfect example here is the Houston Astros. They were already one of the top teams in MLB before they took the initiative to sign one of the best pitchers in the league, Justin Verlander in 2017. He then went 5-0 en route to helping the Astros win the World Series.
Your Company’s Reputation
Even if you don’t hire a candidate, remember the image that you’re establishing. You don’t want to come off as arrogant. Also think of candidates as possible clients one day. Don’t burn bridges. Always focus on building up your company’s reputation. If you interview someone early on in their career, and they rise to the top of the industry after several years, they’ll probably remember their first interview with you. If it was a good impression they might want to sign with you. If it was a bad impression, they will definitely remember that experience and not want to give you another chance. They will also be more likely to share their poor opinion of you publicly.
The crux of the matter is that companies should always be looking to upgrade regardless of their industry. Successful companies shouldn’t have “no openings.” There’s always an opportunity to add or upgrade positions. Create a game plan and show candidates that hiring great talent is a top priority because the best players in the game want to surround themselves with other talented people and be on a winning team. The teams with the best players usually win.
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