EZ Game “dream team” is one in which all members are excellent at what they do, are great collaborators, and are committed to a shared ambitious goal. The value and satisfaction of being in such a team is tremendous: you learn the most, perform your best work, improve the fastest, and have the most fun.
On a dream team, there are no “brilliant jerks.” The cost of teamwork is just too high. Our view is that brilliant people are also capable of decent human interactions, and we insist upon that. When highly capable people work together in a collaborative context, they inspire each other to be more creative, more productive and ultimately more successful as a team than they could be as a collection of individuals.
Succeeding on a dream team is about being effective, not about working hard. Sustained “B” performance, despite an “A” for effort, gets a respectful severance package. Sustained “A” performance, even with a modest level of effort, gets rewarded. Of course, to be great, most of us have to put in considerable effort, but hard work and long hours is not how we measure or talk about a person’s contribution.
Being on a dream team is not right for everyone, and that is OK. Many people value job security very highly, and would prefer to work at companies whose orientation is more about stability, seniority, and working around inconsistent employee effectiveness. Our model works best for people who highly value consistent excellence in their colleagues.
EZ “dream team” is one in which all members are excellent at what they do, are great collaborators, and are committed to a shared ambitious goal