A professional sports team wants to win a championship. So they look through the statistics and try to attract the best players at their positions with large contracts. On paper, the team appears destined to be far and above the best team in the league. But then the season starts. The team is winning most of the time, but it isn’t in the dominating fashion you might expect. The statistics for most of the players still look pretty good, but the overall team seems to be just above average.
From the playground to the boardroom, this scenario plays out time and time again. We want the very best on our team! That makes sense, right? But why do some of these teams flourish while others flounder? Remember, they’re the best at what they do.
Talent and ability matter, but I’m becoming more and more convinced of the importance of intangibles – those things which cannot be easily measured or found on a stat sheet or resumé. I’ve seen great individual musicians actually make a group worse because of their attitude. On the other hand, I’ve found some average-at-best musicians who make everyone around them better. We spend so much time and energy trying to find the best and individually up our game, but do we consider the intangibles? Success, whatever that may be, might just hinge on them.
What do you think are some of the most important intangibles on a team?
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16 TNIV