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The NFL Combine is where college players get to show off their talent and skills to pro scouts gearing up for the draft. In the 2000 NFL combine, there was one particular player who placed dead last based on his statistics. He actually ran the slowest 40-yard dash of any player in his position ever.

That particular player was drafted in the 6th round that same year. In week two of the following season, he replaced the number 1 QB who was knocked out of the game. Since that day, this quarterback has played 16 seasons as a starter, has been to 8 super bowls winning 5, has been the Super Bowl MVP 4 times, has more playoff wins than any player in the history of the NFL and is now considered the G.O.A.T. greatest of all time. Yes, we’re talking about Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

I share this because, in the creation of a successful organization and when you’re hiring your dream team, understand that they actually do not get hired or fired. They either qualify for a position or they don’t. Tom Brady qualified himself for the QB position of the New England Patriots and has not yet relinquished it.

When an organization is clear on their culture, like the New England Patriots are. They will be clear on who fits in and who doesn’t. When you are looking to create your dream team, you want to be looking for certain attributes in these individuals. You want to find personnel that are running on all 16 cylinders. It’s these individuals that you need to create a high-performance team.

These 16 cylinders are formulated with four components being of Mind, Body, Heart & Spirit. However, they are not all equal in their percentage. Both mind and body of which you will read on a resume consist of 3 cylinders each, for a total of 6. That leaves 10 cylinders to equal the full 16. Heart and spirit equal the other 10 cylinders, each counting for 5. What does this mean? The heart and spirit are the attributes that tell you whether the person has the drive, the passion, and the get-up and go for the position.

At the same time, you also need a leader running on those 16 cylinders. When you have this combination with those who have qualified for their positions by these standards, you will begin to have your high-performance team.

If Tom Brady was judged on Mind & Body alone back in 2000, he may have never been in the NFL at all, it was his Heart and Spirit that first drove him to the top.

When you find the right people with heart and spirit, with the passion to learn and do their best. You will certainly be able to teach them the skills to perform. However, if you hire on resume alone and leave out the heart and spirit. You will find yourself with an organization not running on all cylinders, and if your organization is not running on all 16 cylinders, you just may never qualify for the bright lights in the big game of business.