This video really highlights the value in doing the little things right, trusting the process, and maintaining character when there seem to be easier, more immediately gratifying options to choose from. Often times our gut can sense what the right thing to do is, and many times that’s the harder thing to do. Though the reward might not be as immediate, its value will be pure, and you won’t have to question the success.
Simon’s anecdote about how the Navy SEALs select their Tier 1 operatives shows that while performance is important, who you are as a person is more pivotal to the success of the team. Don’t be the asshole on your team regardless of how good your numbers are. Work on becoming a leader people can reliably depend on because they trust you as a person, and would lend a hand to you if roles were reversed.
I actually give a talk to companies about the lost art of teamwork and in it I focus on 3 basic principles - trust, innovation, and pride. And in terms of hiring practices, skills are way overrated. As is experience. Hire based on character and capacity. Skills can be taught.