Simple exercise for team building.
It uses questions from a Mensa quiz to illustrate the point that a team’s collective wisdom is always greater than any individual team member’s.
To get started, see how many of these questions you can answer individually. According to Mensa, if you can figure out 23 of these, you qualify for “genius” status.
(I’ve filled in the first one for you—check the bottom of this post for the complete answer key when you are done.)
There’s a famous story from the early days of the space race.
President John F. Kennedy was visiting NASA headquarters for the first time, in 1961. While touring the facility, he introduced himself to a janitor who was mopping the floor and asked him what he did at NASA. The janitor replied, “I’m helping put a man on the moon!”
Let’s face it. The economy is still a mess and people aren’t finding jobs fast enough.
Given this fact, there are a lot of people looking to place the blame for these developments. And has been the case for the last several years, many are focusing on employment screening and background checks. I won’t say that all who oppose background check are flat out wrong in every instance, but all too frequently they rely on myths, misconceptions and urban legends to support their arguments.
Here is my list of the most commonly held misconceptions about employment background checks:
Vince Lombardi is widely considered the best football coach of all time, and ultimately may be the greatest coach in the history of all sports. He is credited for his success because of his ability to inspire and motivate players, however that is only part of the story.
Vince Lombardi was a truly great entrepreneurial leader. He was successful because of his ability to find players that had the passion and desire to win, which inevitably made his job easier.
How can today’s entrepreneurs leverage the teachings of Vince Lombardi to identify talent that will drive the company to success?
Small business owners understandably may be reluctant to use non-compete agreements for many reasons. The desire to divert precious resources to paying an attorney to prepare a contract is hardly appealing. Similarly, businesses may feel that such agreements are unnecessary because they have few employees. But as Ben Franklin once wisely advised, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.