Imagine you could create your World Cup Fantasy Football Team... you have the pick of the world's very best players, all there for you to choose from.
Would you choose all the best strikers? or defenders? Of course not.
You'd look to balance the team; goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders and strikers. They would come from all sorts of backgrounds and all sorts of countries... because you would want to give yourself and your team the best chance of success.
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So why don’t we always do that in our teams at work? Why do we so often fall into the trap of picking the people who “play” like us? And why do we not challenge our clients who are doing the same?
Diversity of background, experience, thought, personality and skill makes for better performance. And this is not just intuition… it is backed up by research.
McKinsey's latest report Diversity Matters shows
A mix of skill, experience and approach leads to more creative thought, better decision making and bottom line performance… just what the 32 Team managers in Russia will be wanting!
So how do we measure up in our own businesses, when it comes to hiring new team members?
Some practical steps to consider are to
Each of these points is happening in sport; the managers will bring their players together so they can learn how to fit together, be “aware” of each other and use their scouts to spot the talent before others do.
Bobby Moore was a great role model for an inclusive approach with great results; his awareness of others, his openness to learn from others, his challenge to other players to be their best and his willingness to nurture others to succeed. Players today still aspire to that and his lessons apply to our Teams today.
So… who did you pick in your Fantasy Team…?
I thrive on seeing people do things they didn’t think they could do! I draw on my management and leadership experience from working in senior positions in the Metropolitan Police Service, running Focal Point since 2002 and working across all three sectors in the widest variety of environments. I am a fellow of the CIPD and when I am not working with clients I can be seen on the golf courses of Hampshire.