This Month Only! >> $20 off and a FREE SHRM tote with your membership and code TOTE2018!
Sign up for free email newsletters and get more SHRM content delivered to your inbox.
Is your employee handbook keeping up with the changing world of work? With SHRM's Employee Handbook Builder get peace of mind that your handbook is up-to-date.
Build competencies, establish credibility and advance your career—while earning PDCs—at SHRM Seminars in 12 cities across the U.S. this spring.
#SHRM18 will expand your perspective – on your organization, on your career, and on the way you approach HR. Join us in Chicago June 17-20, 2018
When hiring, screen for the attributes of team players
Members may download one copy of our sample forms and templates for your personal use within your organization. Please note that all such forms and policies should be reviewed by your legal counsel for compliance with applicable law, and should be modified to suit your organization’s culture, industry, and practices. Neither members nor non-members may reproduce such samples in any other way (e.g., to republish in a book or use for a commercial purpose) without SHRM’s permission. To request permission for specific items, click on the “reuse permissions” button on the page where you find the item.
Bringing out the best in talented people and getting them to work together drives business success, said best-selling author Patrick Lencioni during his keynote address at the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans.
Lencioni is the founder and president of The Table Group, a San Francisco firm dedicated to helping organizations improve teamwork and employee engagement; the author of 11 best-selling books; and a former corporate executive at Oracle, Bain & Co. and Sybase.
He described three traits that team players must exhibit:
1 for 3s
When hiring new employees or evaluating current team members, watch out for those who demonstrate only one of these characteristics, Lencioni said, as they can stop a team in its tracks. For instance:
2 for 3s
Those lacking just one of the three key attributes of a team player can be especially destructive, he said.
"Don't hire these people, and if you already have done so, then don't keep them on your team," Lencioni advised.
To help develop strong teams that exhibit the values of humility, hunger and smartness, Lencioni recommended that managers prod team members to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and he suggested the following actions:
[SHRM members-only toolkit: Developing and Sustaining High-Performance Work Teams]
Hiring Ideal Team Players
"Stop focusing on technical skills and measurables; skills can be taught," Lencioni said. As long as a candidate's skills are in the right ballpark, "hire for attitude."
He also recommended that employers:
"HR professionals are missionaries," Lencioni said. "You have a 'ministry' to change organizations for the better," and fostering teamwork is at the center of that mission.
Was this article useful? SHRM offers thousands of tools, templates and other exclusive member benefits, including compliance updates, sample policies, HR expert advice, education discounts, a growing online member community and much more.
Join/Renew Now and let SHRM help you work smarter.
You have successfully saved this page as a bookmark.
Please confirm that you want to proceed with deleting bookmark.
You have successfully removed bookmark.
Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Please sign in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Please purchase a SHRM membership before saving bookmarks.
An error has occurred
Recommended for you
SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition
SHRM’s HR Vendor Directory contains over 10,000 companies