In 1992 the U.S. Olympic basketball team was a true dream team. Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan were just 3 of the superstars on the team. The closest game they were in was the gold medal game, which they won by 31 points. Every professional player on that team is now in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
What would your dream team look like? What if you could have exactly the right people around you to make things happen. Would you be able to stop saying things like “move the needle” and start saying things like “change the world”?
What is it that stops us from bringing together our dream team? Often times it’s the idea that a dream team will blow out the budget. I’m not sure that’s anywhere close to the truth, in fact, I think it’s the exact opposite.
A dream team shares a unified purpose, a unified ethos and a unified desire for excellence. If you hit your snooze alarm 7 times each morning it’s safe to say you are not part of a dream team, you have a job.
When I think of people I would bring together for my own personal dream team, they are expensive. They are also so ridiculously talented that they are still under paid what they are truly worth! If a dream team member has a salary of $100K and a level 2 player has a salary of $65K it appears like you are saving $35K by hiring the level 2 player right? Usually the top performers are producing twice as much good work as an average employee – so you’re probably actually saving $30K by hiring the dream team member.
Then there’s the multiplier effect. What happens when you assemble an entire team of superstars? You dominate. What is total domination worth?
Who would be the first person you would pull on your dream team?
I’ve been pretty lucky.
I’ve been able to get people around me now who comprise a pretty amazing team. The key is to get people who can work well together and who have the similar work ethics. We all have different skills, but have the marketing knowledge to help each other out and provide insight when needed.
Phil Buckley says
I agree Dan, you have assembled a stellar cast. I should have mentioned the whole culture part of the equation, it’s also one of the keys to having a top flight team.