Tom Thomson, an executive search consultant in Franklin, Tennessee, sent me this great story about talent and teams.
“In 2007, the Tennessee Titans needed to draft a quarterback. The owner, Bud Adams, picked Vince Young. Young is a great athlete and had all the physical attributes you could want in a quarterback. Before drafting a player, NFL teams do the same things we do in business. They look at a player’s ‘resume’, interview them, and do reference checks. They assess the player’s physical and mental attributes at the combine. Young was tall, fast, and strong armed. He had a strong resume (2nd in the Heisman and a National Championship). The Titans decided to invest millions and draft (hire) the Texas QB.
“Three years later we find this was a bad decision. The Titans were correct in their assessment of Young’s physical attributes. What they didn’t know was that Young was not a coherent team player. He put himself ahead of the team. Young did not prepare like he should. He partied in Texas instead of working out with his team during the off season. When things got tough, Young attacked his coach and walked out on the team.”
And then Tom stopped talking about the problem and started talking about the solution:
“An RBA report* would have alerted the Titans to what they were getting with this player.”
I’ll say it again. It’s teaming, not talent, that wins the game.
*RBA stands for TGI Role-Based Assessment. Reports are available in two forms: Management-directed, for making management decisions, and Self-directed, to give to the person who takes the assessment to help with their self-development.