Look at Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid soccer clubs. Their teams give great performance, which has catapulted these clubs in top 10 slots in the world. However, during World Cup Football or other international matches, when U.K. or Spain builds a national team drawing the best players from various clubs, statistics show that such team does not put as great a show as what club teams do!
That is precisely true for a company or country! The combination of Bests culminates into Bad! Yet, we keep chasing and collecting the Best!!
Look at the confusion, most companies are in. Chasing Best can only be costly, complicated and consumes time and efforts, which are not commensurate with the returns. Yet, companies don’t dare to follow a right strategy.
Why combination of best talents bungles
- Poor definition
On paper, organization or institutions put impressive definitions of what construe the best; but in practice, these are poorly understood and followed. The result is below on how best is (mis)understood:
By Companies By Countries or Communities
Ability to trigger imagination Ability to trigger emotions
Dynamic and dashing Aggressive and arrogant
Ability to give big talks Ability to give big promises
Communicates well Criticizes well
This is precisely the practical life all over the world and no one is too concerned about its pitfalls!
So, when individuals graduate through above qualities and qualify as best, they become individualistic, self-seekers and self-servers!
- Best is not a team player!
One, who is identified as best, has lot of pre-conceived notions and own agenda. That prevents him/her to be good team player.
- Identical characters can’t pull together!
Like identical polarities or electric charges, they would only pull apart.
- Too many top performers together only create chaos!
If time clocks were to still have 1 second as its least count, then in a 100 meter race, several runners would be registered as touching finishing line at the same time and there would be a chaos in identifying who is the actual winner.
Likewise, several top performers in a team would individually race to take credit to be winner by creating chaos at the cost of cohesiveness, killing dissent rather than encouraging and managing it and listen to own voice, instead of others!
- The bests can compete; but can’t complement!
This is the biggest bane from the presence of too many bests in the team! The best by above definition does not know to compromise or complement; so team has eminent risk of losing motivation to monotony and drive to despondency.
Non-compromising and non-complementing features of the bests break couples or partners, though individually they may be highly successful, strong personalities and well accomplished in their respective areas of activities!
Why a blend blooms!
We are not alone; therefore, to blend with others is a necessity of our life!
Here is one of the key secrets of science behind our life:
Our life is borne out of two opposites! Take any pair of parameters – one does not exist without another, like positive and negative, north and south poles, good and bad, light and dark, pleasure and pain!
Our conventional understanding is these are contradictory in nature; but in true sense, these are complimentary! Otherwise, why positive would be attracted to negative and if that was not to happen, no mass or matter would have formed in our universe and we would have not come to existence! Hence –
- Blending creates the synergy.
- It promotes unison and cohesion.
- It teaches team spirit and acceptance of dissent.
- It blunts our ego and edges, which are sharp!
- It inspires compromise and conflict management!
So, to talk about having the bests in class is like being in fool’s paradise! Companies and institutions must focus on creating a right blend of achiever and average, performers and under performers, male and female, young and old, juniors and seniors! Such a blend would be most effective in terms of efficiency, energy and cost!
Need to redefine the Best!
Most in the world have been confusing best by clamor and not by content!
Best is never the best, unless it imbibes Acceptance, Mutual respect and being Complementary or Congenial!
It is just above 3 elements (A-M-C) and the Best would start to Blend, even with worst, yet produce the best results!!