May 13; What Is The Most Important Tree In A Forest Of Requirements?;
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful

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Chapter Five: Hiring; 13 May

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and

believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,

you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

What Is The Most Important Tree In A Forest Of Requirements?

Necessary

Hannah Yoest Stroke Bending the oar

Hannah Yoest
Stroke
Bending the oar

“I want girls who love to train.” Our first-born Hannah was being recruited to row at the highest collegiate level. She traveled to Syracuse to talk with Justin Moore, the head coach of the women’s rowing program. She asked him, “What was the one thing he looked for in his athletes?”

What was the simple, necessary requirement?

There are many ‘nice to haves’ in the search for the ideal job candidate. But usually just a few ‘must haves’ which, in their absence, are deal breakers.

No matter how well Coach Moore did his job in the ‘lead’ component of management, there are some things he might not be able to control. It is the same question all managers ask themselves, “How do I know that this candidate is internally motivated?”

What is the truth of knowledge, skills and abilities that I need in a team member? The concern for the hiring manager is, “What is the one thing that I cannot do in managing the person who will fill this slot in a particular position on an organizational chart?”

Justin Moore is a Six-time NCAA champion and U.S. Junior National Team coach. Moore coached some two-dozen student-athletes to All-American status and 28 rowers to National Scholar-Athlete honors. In 2012 Coach Moore was able to persuade Olympian medalist Natalie Mastracci, who suffered through broken ribs, to join his team.

She had a track record and she loved to train. Coach Moore, like any seasoned manager, knows what is important to consider and what is not.

Harvard Business School uses rowing simplification in a case study for teamwork and decision making, where novice,

…coaches tended to rate a multitude of variables (often as many as one hundred) as highly important, whereas master coaches focused on a smaller set of variables, ranging from 11 to 20.

Moreover, novice coaches tended to focus on technique, while…master coaches—those who were most experienced and successful—tended to spotlight psychological variables as the most important ingredients of a successful crew.

Professional management understands that getting the best performers and best performance depends on a few key, simple requirements.

Athletes will perform who love to train.

Romans 10:9 also tells us about the simplicity of joining, so to say, another team; of salvation, If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Simple.

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