Most people quit, and many that are left need to
be pushed and shoved. To put an end to that,
let’s define a “great team member” so you can
Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder, was personally
involved in all the key recruiting decisions for Apple.
He recruited the team members who helped
make Apple #1 in the world. Here’s one thing he
said he required:
“We need people who will do their part, without
our having to stand over them to make them do it.
So that when the teams meet again, everyone has done the
parts they are responsible for. That’s how we move
Great team member: Someone who does what they say
they will do, without you having to stand over them or
motivate them to do whatever they said they would do.
So, perhaps one of your interview questions could be:
I’m looking for someone who does what they say they’re
going to do. I need someone I can count on to do the
part they agree to, without my having to hound or
stand over the person. Does that sound
Of course you will be discussing what kinds of things the
person needs to do. But the question is, are they someone
who DOES what they say they will do, once they agree?
That one attribute, a person who is true to their word, is perhaps
more important than any other characteristic. People who do what they say
are careful not to over-commit. Talkers who don’t do what they
say over-commit constantly and are useless to your team.
Talk’s cheap. If you’ve had it with team members
who are just talkers, ask for someone like Mr. Jobs did –
someone who will do what they say without you or anyone
else having to stand over them to make them do it.