Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dream team

If you could hand-pick the next ten people you'd work with, who would they be?
Do you have a list of names?
Or a list of attributes?
Or a list of companies that seem to be doing certain things exceptionally well?

Would you pick people you want to work with?
Or drink beer with?
Or both?

Would you pick people who are younger than you? Or older?
People who think like you do? Or people you disagree with - but in a good way?
People who fired you once? People you had to let go?

I have a dream team.
I have 10 people I'd like to work with... or work with again.

Some of them are wildly creative.
Others are dependable, down-to-earth, no-bullshit types.
Some of them, I've done some of the best work of my life.
Others, I stood by and wondered what if... what if we'd been allowed to do the really cool thing we had to leave on the shelf?
Some of them have dramatically transformed their industries.
Others quietly and thoughtfully reinvented themselves.
I've been fortunate to work with some people I consider superstars.
And some people who were quiet, unassuming heroes.

I'm gardening that dream team.
Looking for ways to meet them, reconnect with them, stay in touch with them.
Constantly holding up new candidates and appraising them as the culture I'm serving and the work I'm doing changes.

Experience (quality, not quantity).
Craft.
Passion.
Standards.
Style.

How do you measure your dream team?