I’m a college football fan, that’s no secret and I’ve posted that before on this blog. Today is a big day in the world of college football today is the day that fans of all programs pin their dreams of future bowl games and championships to an 18-year-old kid who has never played college in his life. Today is national letter of intent signing day.
There’s a lot of drama and intrigue involved in which school top recruits might pick. In most cases getting or missing out on a top recruiting prize has little bearing on the success of a program, after all, 11 players play on offense and 11 players play on defense so one player has only minimal impact.
Some teams have a knack for finding players that fit into their system or their values and those players provide just as much benefit as the highly touted highschool superstar. If a team has a high-caliber quarterback and good wide receivers but just lost their punter to graduation, signing a punter may be more important to the success of a team than signing the number 1 receiver in this year’s recruiting class. Sometimes it’s more important to understand your needs than to sell out to the recruit who brings national acclaim but doesn’t make you a better team. Identifying a player who will commit himself to the team and team goals may be more valuable that finding a player who has better athletic ability but isn’t committed to the team process.
Signing the right player for a college football team may be more important than signing the most gifted player. The same is true in hiring staff for a hospital. When hiring staff there’s a balance that must be reached between great clinical skills and great interpersonal skills. I’m a firm believer that you hire for attitude and train for competence.
Everyone who interviews for a specific position has the clinical ability to perform the job or they wouldn’t be qualified to interview. What we can’t train a person to do is smile and interact well with the public, those are skills a person acquires outside of health care, but we can train staff to improve their task in our health care system.
Recruiting is important in college football and it is important in the health care setting. Future performance isn’t guaranteed by great recruiting but future performance can be improved when the right player is recruited. The right player is a player who fits the organizations culture and is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win. In health care, its incumbent upon the organization to understand its needs and to identify the “right” attributes in a person before a job is even posted.
To be successful, a college football team or a health care team, must understand what characteristics are important in a player before they decide which player is best to offer a scholarship or a job.