A leader’s job is to facilitate the team’s success. Being sure
available resources are sufficient for success is, in turn, the leaders
responsibility. There may be others on the team who have tasks and assignments
related to resource development; but if the resources are not there when they
are needed, the leader has not gotten the job done.
If the train runs on coal, the leader better have continuous access to
the coal mine. If success depends on new ideas, the leader will be well-served
by cultivating a close relationship with a guru. If success depends on
creativity, exceptional talents, and specialized skills, the leader must commit
to recruiting and retaining only the brightest and best people for the team.
Simon knows not having enough of the right resources when they are needed is
the surest route to failure; and fail he will not.