Quarterbacks, Teachers, & Personnel Selection

Yesterday a friend of mine sent me an article from the New Yorker, written by Malcolm Gladwell.

The article is a correlation between selecting NFL quarterbacks and choosing great educators. In light of last night’s NFL Draft, the article is timely.

Whether you are selecting a QB or a teacher, there is one thing that is certain. You better get it right.

If you are a parent, you probably have given a lot of thought to where your kids attend school. You would be wise to forget about the school and focus on the teacher.

Gladwell points out, “Teacher effects dwarf school effects: your child is actually better off in a ‘bad’ school with an excellent teacher than in an excellent school with a bad teacher.”

For football teams, schools, and every other organization or team, it is imperative to find excellent people.

If I might draw from Gladwell, the truth is you would be better off working in a ‘bad’ company with an excellent leader than you would be working in an excellent company with a bad leader.

In either scenario, you can bank on the company changing within a short time. A great leader will turn a bad company around while a bad leader will run a good company in the ground. Leader effects dwarf company effects.

The Colts and Redskins are both bad teams who just mortgaged their future on two young quarterbacks. If they are as good as advertised, look for both teams to improve quickly. If they are overrated, each franchise just set itself back a decade.

If you want to be a great leader, learn to evaluate and place great talent. Your future depends on it.





What is your secret to finding great talent? 




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