The 2008 Dallas Cowboys started out as one of the early Super Bowl predictions, but quickly fell apart as the season progressed. At the end of the regular season, they were labeled as one of the greatest disappointments in the entire league, even more than the 0-16 Detroit Lions. As one reporter from Yahoo said, "Dallas was a fantasy team coming to life this season. (Jerry) Jones kept adding stars without concern for chemistry. He expected them to coexist, cooperate, and conquer..."
One thing I routinely preach to my clients is to hire for strength. Jerry Jones might have achieved that at individual levels, but forgot two other critical factors:
- Will their weakness be a detriment to the team? In other words, can we supply strength in another area to supplement the weakness of this individual?
- Will they 'fit' with the team? This is more than merely cultural fit, because it also embraces what I'll refer to as 'like talent.' An example would be comparable Emotional Intelligence, athletic ability, or even IQ. Most often in the business world, I find that EQ is the differentiating factor.