The title of this article is catchy, and got me reading. I understand the importance of fit in building a team. Importance of fit means 11 average soccer players may outperform 11 above average players because they complement each other better. Given the reverse remains feasible, however, this need not necessarily be the case.
That being said, it would be an unjust world if society did not attempt to build teams around their best people. I understand best may not always be a perfect ranking, nevertheless in just about every area of life, there exist metrics for taking a stab at identifying of the best and brightest.
Harry Kane may not be the best striker in English Football, but he is a great fit for Tottenham United. Two strikers currently regarded as better are not, however, out of job. Teams have been built around both Messi and Ronaldo at Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.
My point is, identifying best and brightest around which to build teams is important for ensuring we do not end up with a society which discriminates against best and brightest. It is well established that building a team around high ability persons is a productivity enhancing design for teams — Hamilton, Nickerson, and Owan (2003).
No matter how difficult it is to identify the best, we must try so to do. If the Nobel Prize committee can achieve that objective to agreement of most of the scientific committee, so can companies, universities, and society at large.