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3 things the Warriors can teach us about teamwork

Stephen CurryAs Stephen Curry will readily tell you, his greatness is nothing without the help of teammates like Draymond Green and Andre Iguadola. As employers, we should seek to foster a similar respect for teamwork using a set of “essential virtues.” 

The Golden State Warriors are hurtling toward another potential finals berth not merely because Curry can shoot the basketball like no one else. The team’s success is attributable to the way he, Green, Iguadola, Klay Thompson and the rest of the Warriors work together. Teambuilding takes time and effort, especially to get to where Golden State is. For a team to be successful, the members have to carry certain values with them. 

Entrepreneur actually explored some of the reasons why the Warriors are so good. For example, the team focuses on developing home-grown talent. Training employees and putting them on a path toward success, rather than bringing in outside talent, builds stronger bonds and culture. Those guys brought in to play for the Warriors were always of high character. The team did this because it helps the team-building process and contributes to the culture. This is something that recruiting teams should focus on, as much as experience and relevant skills. 

Jeff Shanley, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, wrote a book highlighting some of the “virtues” that strengthen bonds. Human capital management professionals who believe character is as important as professional experience should consider these values during the hiring process. The Society for Human Resource Management highlighted these three virtues

Shanley noted that to succeed, you need to want more. Curry’s ability to dribble circles around anyone in the NBA isn’t something he was born with. Far from it, the superstar works on his dribbling over and over. This is because of his desire to be better and achieve more. Curry has hunger, and so should the individuals you hire. Look for job candidates who are always willing to work harder and strive for success. 

These days the best basketball teams are those that move the ball efficiently and effectively. This ability to read the court takes a certain degree of intelligence. Similarly, a team’s bonds may be strengthened by “smarts.” Intelligence helps people to understand what is going on at ay given time, and how to work with others to reach a given goal. In addition, smarter employees ask better questions and start productive conversations that end in valuable places.

Shanley called this the most important of the three virtues. Any Warrior will likely defer to his teammates’ efforts while discussing the organization’s success. The best team members are those who aren’t concerned about their own status, only the greater good. To these individuals, success is collective and other individuals’ contributions are just as important as, or more than, their own. Recruiting teams should look for humility in job candidates. This doesn’t quite mean a resume that holds back so much as someone who, during the interview, is willing to heap praise on others when talking about their own achievements. 

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