The Harry Potter Dynamic
If you’ve ever read Harry Potter or have watched the movies, you know that Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger are the undeniable heroines of the series. The three met each other on the train ride to their first day at Hogwarts, and the trio remained as inseparable friends throughout their seven years at the school.
But of course they were more than just a group of friends: they were an incredibly talented, brave, and motivated team of wizards fighting against the evil side of the wizarding world- and (spoiler alert) they eventually succeeded in defeating the malicious Voldemort.
What was their secret to their success?
In my opinion, they were able to succeed because they were so different from each other. Harry was brave, had the natural ability to speak to snakes, and was incredibly talented at wielding spells. Ron was practical, sensitive to emotions, and was the only one who grew up with a family of wizards like him. Hermione, on the other hand, was incredibly witty, had far more knowledge of magical history than her peers, and had excellent social skills. Together, their collective talents and life experiences helped them overcome obstacles they couldn’t have dealt with alone.
I think the same key to success holds true in the business world.
During one BEAM class, my classmates and I had a lesson on what makes a startup successful. We learned that a diverse team is one of the most important factors of a successful company; it widens the company’s perspective and the company has employees whose talents complement each other.
“Does the person have big ideas or do you focus on small details?” “Are they a talented orator or a deep thinker?” “Extrovert or introvert?” “What life experiences do they have?”
These are all questions that both large corporations and new startups should ask when hiring employees.
So maybe the next time you choose a team for your group project, try choosing the Harrys, Hermiones, and Rons instead of just the people who think like you.
-Hanna Suh, CMO