Recruiting vs. Coaching

Posted: January 24, 2008 in Church Leadership, Random

I was once a coach…not a great coach, but I always had a better season…the next year.  I coached two years of tennis for high school kids and then two years in basketball.  I was never given the best athletes or the most skilled players, but I feel like we did about as good as we could considering our talent pool.  Most coaches or ex-coaches will tell you that you have to have something to work with to win, because you can take mediocre talent only so far on coaching ability.

I believe this reality is a crucial piece to the puzzle for anyone that wants to get into management, coaching, or running a successful business.  Based on the fact that a plethora of college football coaches have taken someone else’s recruits and won championships, I would probably guess that many Athletic directors would agree that coaches are the most important denominator.

When it comes to being successful you need at least some basic skills in order to make progress.  A Pastor that is an average to below-average communicator, who isn’t even comfortable in front of people will probably never be a great communicator.  Find one that doesn’t mind the piercing stares, but can’t really put together a good sermon can get there with some coaching.  Talent like being able to jump, run fast, or having great hand-eye coordination can take an ex-quarterback and make him a wide receiver.

I think the basic lesson for life and leadership is that we should never hire, recruit, or assimilate a team of people who don’t possess at least a couple major strengths.  People that are average at everything aren’t the type of people you want to be the leaders in your organization.  It’s really the point of a team to get various skill sets.  The guards do their part, the forwards do their’s, and the coach does his.  If everyone was 5′ 11″ on a basketball team they better shoot 100% from the field if they expect to win.

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