Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Abe Lincoln's philosophy on putting together a quality staff

Read last night an excerpt from a book about Abraham Lincoln called "Team of Rivals." The title refers to how Lincoln pulled together several of his former political rivals when forming his cabinet. The idea was that each man was a leader who represented a different ideology -- conservative, liberal, moderate. In fact, most could have be President.

Lincoln had the confidence to bring them into his camp and the nation benefited from their combined experience and insight. In other words, he wasn't worried that these guys knew more than he did or that they would "outshine" him. Instead of surrounding himself with friends and "yes men," he went out and got the best of the best.

As I pointed out in a previous post, Rick Carlisle in DAL is employing a similar strategy by working to add former NBA head coaches (Stotts and Casey) to his staff.

I wonder what kind of coach Abe would have made...