Assembling Your Dream Team – What to Look For

Determine the right mix and cultural fit for each team member.

It’s almost the end of the year. You’ve just been assigned a major project that will have global impact and visibility in 2014. You’re in charge and everyone is counting on you. The first thing you’ll have to do is assemble a Dream Team that can knock this project out of the park.

So, where do you start?

Don Fornes of came up with four distinct psychological profiles for assembling the best and brightest. These are the types of personalities you should be looking for to make your project a success:
• Giver
• Champ (with a Chip)
• Matrix Thinker
• Savant

Here are the positive traits of your new team, as well as the challenges they will face based upon their unique skills:

The Giver

What Makes Them Great

Challenges They Face

Loyalty to their company

Difficulty with confrontation

Always giving 110 percent

Burnout from giving too much

Team-player mentality

Unrealistic expectations of others

Strict followers of the rules

Potential passive-aggressiveness


The Champ

What Makes Them Great

Challenges They Face

Optimistic and positive salespeople

Overconfidence and narcissism

Confidence in their abilities

Clashes with authority

Strong drive to succeed

High job turnover

Great interpersonal skills

Resentfulness, based on the Chip


The Matrix Thinker

What Makes Them Great

Challenges They Face

Creativity and artistic expression

Distraction and disorganization

Great problem-solving skills

Tendency towards conflicts

Ambition and visionary capabilities

Information overload

Connect the dots between ideas

Confusion amidst ambiguity


The Savant

What Makes Them Great

Challenges They Face

Become experts in their chosen field

Clash with authority

Extreme perfectionism

Extreme perfectionism

Love to learn, and learn easily

Social anxiety and awkwardness

Focus and determination

Focus can be too narro


The key to putting your team together will be in understanding that these are only psychological profiles, not real people. Most successful people have a number of overlapping skills and behaviors that could fall into multiple profiles. This also means that their challenges may be more complex than presented in each category.

The moral here is that profiling will give you a great starting point for assembling a Dream Team. But in the real world, you’ll have to determine the right mix and cultural fit for each team member.

And that is the hardest thing to do.