When you’re doing more of the same, building the team is about looking for common skills, common methods and fit with the values. People like us.
When you’re doing something more creative, inventing the new, building a different way, you need variety. The values are non negotiable – break them and you risk breaking the team before you start. The rest though, keep the cookie cutter out. Look for different skills, different attitudes, different experiences, different perspectives.
Some of us are detail people, some flow across the page. Some focus on the 1%, others can only see the horizon. Some only exist for their to-do list, some are best at motivating. Some are left brain, some right. Not so much people like us as the people that people like us need so we can do what we want to do.
Skippy strategy: Look for diversity of thought and method, not values.
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