When it comes to winning, having talent is always the first ingredient. Unfortunately, though, we have all witnessed talented people and/or teams lose.
Discipline is another hallmark of well-run organizations and teams. However, discipline alone may work in the army but not in the fast-changing world of business.
The third key ingredient to ensuring success is commitment. So often, commitment breaks down, and so does the organization. I will often recommend a more committed player over a simply gifted one. I can work with people who have the commitment to be great.
Here are some things you should look for to determine commitment:
- Past experience of grit and determination
- Team sports
- Military service
- Tenure in positions
- Verifiable references of performance
- People who are their own harshest critic
- People who don’t like to lose (they are different than people who enjoy winning)
- Intellectual curiosity
- A history of volunteering for projects
- Healthy lifestyle
- Enthusiasm and a track record of success