I LOVE March. It's the month where all of us Chicagoans get excited: we dye the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day, the weather starts to lighten up with hints that summer isn't too far away (well, maybe not this year!), and NCAA Basketball is in full swing with March Madness. Even if you aren't a big sports fan, the 3 weeks of the NCAA tournament provides some awesome story lines and reminds us every year that great teams can accomplish anything they set their minds to.
If you tune in, you'll see some of the best drama in sport. The celebrations that we will see of a smaller school knocking off a better known basketball program are a sight to see. Watching those teams celebrate reminds me of what it means to build and be a part of a great team. The real first team I was every on was during my first year in Little League as an 8 year old. Comparing it to today's standards, it was very competitive. There were no trophies for participation. We won our "World Series" and I still remember this overwhelming sense of accomplishment I had given all of the effort we put in. Our coach had us practice every day, which is unheard of in today's world. But we all knew what we were working toward every day and what our end goal was.
There are many reasons to admire teams. Whether it was the group from Seinfeld that consistently produced awesome comedy for us to watch on "Must See TV Thursdays", or the 1980 Men's USA Hockey Team when asked us all "…Do you believe in Miracle's?!", they both had that special chemistry that made the great.
At HireVue, we've gone through significant growth since I've been here. We continue to attract some of the best talent I've ever worked with. I think one thing that is hard to gauge is recognizing in the moment that something special is happening with a team. I hope the basketball teams we watch over the next 3 weeks realize what they are going through together and revel in the moment.
I think most of us can look back to the great teams we've been part of or watched as a fan or an outsider. What did you admire about them? What characteristics made them great?