When employees are working toward a common good they can be the greatest asset to your company and accomplish any goal. There is nothing more evident of this than the Boston Red Sox recent victory in the World Series. The baseball team came from last place only a year ago to being the world champions of their sport. It’s an incredible story that, despite some unusual charms, had nothing to do with luck. The team actually made major changes coming into the season that should make any business leader proud.

Weed out toxic members

The Red Sox had a few problems at the end of the 2012 season: tensions between players and management, intense drama and the team experienced their lowest finishing score in seven years. It was partly due to the tough managing style of Bobby Valentine, as well as a few toxic team members. When the Red Sox finally let Valentine go, they also unloaded some of their most disruptive players, began focusing on the culture of the team and positioned themselves for success.

Difficult employees can be a huge challenge for employers. What’s worse is that attitude can be contagious or alienating to your other employees. If you’ve tried to fix the problem to no avail, it can be helpful to remember that every business has its own work-culture. Not everybody will fit into your company’s atmosphere which means no one is at fault and both parties might benefit from a separation in the long-term. Your other employees will respect a decision towards efficiency and will have more motivated to be part of an elite workforce.

Build your team strategically

After the Red Sox released their detrimental players there still remained the issue of replacing empty positions. Red Sox management drafted seven new players who were eager to play for Boston and had something to prove. They even hired a new manager, John Farrell, who encouraged team spirit and quickly earned respect from the players. The Red Sox were beginning to glue together.

Hiring the right people for your workforce can have an immeasurably positive effect. By supplementing your negative employees with optimistic and eager group members you can turn your team around quickly. Again, it’s important to consider fit and personality when making hiring decisions. Remember, you don’t want to hire a few star performers; you want to assemble a winning team.

Make it about more than your business

The Red Sox had more than a bad season to recover from; the team also came to embody a city that was rebounding from the Boston Marathon bombings in 2012. The city needed something to rally behind to help heal their emotional wounds. “Boston Strong” became a motivation for the team to play their hardest.

Although your business may not have faced such a traumatic rallying force, creating a mission that goes beyond the walls of your establishment can be a very powerful motivator. Every business has a greater impact on society than simply making money and illustrating the customers who need your employees services will foster pride in their duties. Get your employees to see the big picture and they’ll start working to create it.

Use the beardy Red Sox team as a reminder that you don’t want to hire just a few star performers – you want to assemble a winning team. Happy hiring!