As I talk with my family about our fall schedule, football is a frequent topic. (I do live in Texas, the home of Friday Night Lights.) We are all excited the season has started, and often discuss who the key playmakers may be, the supporting team and our eagerness to see them on the field for the next game.
As we think about our lineups on the field and fantasy football teams, we select our top performers and team members and weigh the probability of their success. We ask: are they at risk for injury and sitting on the bench or getting traded? Do they have the skills for the big plays, or are they a rookie sleeper that might shake up the veterans and have an incredible performance? If our team gets into trouble, do we have a great punter that can kick the ball strategically? And the biggest question of them all – does the quarterback have the offensive line, and other key support players, to have time in the pocket to make that throw down field?
The questions we often ask about our favorite teams are similar to the questions we have in attracting and retaining talent at Stewart. In addition to looking to the star players on our teams, we also ensure a good fit, and identify gaps to know what other critical positions we need to fill for the team to be successful, through hiring, development or realignment. If we were to have an incredible quarterback with weak running backs or wide receivers, what kind of offense could we possibly run? Do we expect our quarterback to always run in the ball themselves? Passing is also important. And in interviewing, like in training camp, does the structure of our simulations mirror how the individual will respond in the game or at work, so we truly know that we are making the best choice?
In interviewing, we know that it is critical to ensure we hire the best talent we can to complement our team, but we also need to ensure that they get great opportunities on the field to produce. We must closely look at the engagement of that star player and create opportunities for them, but also ensure that they have the best support.
Legendary coach Vince Lombardi once said: “Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.” As in football, it is a highly competitive market out there for great players, and if we want to keep them with our team for the long term, it takes motivation, direction and conditioning.
So as you look to your favorite football teams playing this week, I want to pose two questions for you to think about: Is my team ready for the next big play, and has our training provided them the ability to withstand the elements of the game? At Stewart, we look forward to the challenges of each new opportunity, and know our customers will be looking for our best from every team member.
To quote Vince Lombardi once more, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
May your favorite team win!