Team Selection and Scarcity or Abundance

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Team Selection and Scarcity or Abundance

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It’s just you and your team. Sometimes it may feel like it is only you, and for some entrepreneurs, this is literally the case. For everyone else, team selection requires careful choices.

When there is a scarcity of talent or just warm bodies, it requires special choices. The opposite is also true, if there is abundance, while the selection is different it still requires choices.

There are hundreds of thousands, likely many million, podcasters, vloggers, and bloggers. Who pops up in the search engine? How are the top five or ten, or two-hundred and fifty selected?

Whether you’re searching for an answer to your technology problem, a recipe, or how-to put-on makeup, who arrives at the top of the list?

It is a mad race to create scarcity amongst abundance.

Team Selection

It may be happening for you in the workplace too.

It is likely happening with your company or team. Who is selected to join the team, who gets promoted, who serves as the engine to lead or propel outcomes to the top?

Your culture is made up of the people. Not only the people who completely agree with everything said and done, but those who disagree as well.

A group of programmers get together because of mutual interest in coding. A team of marketers, service experts, and accountants all do the same.

What do they build?

There is a really good chance that they build something that delights people who are just like them. However, the programmers may not do well with marketing. And the marketers may screw up their financials.

Diversity in the team always matters for long-term success. For people like you, and people not like you.

How will you pick who rises to the top? How will you sort out the best of the best from an abundance of choices?

The strategy you deploy will make the difference. Your philosophy for selecting team members and the culture you’ve created will impact future selection. It is also alive and ever-changing.

Creating scarcity amongst abundance is based on your system. It’s based on the algorithms of how you’ll search.

Be aware of how you get to your top five, or more importantly your number one.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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