10 Ways To Ruin A Team

We all talk about team-building, but one of the best ways to understand greatness is to first comprehend the other side – the bad.

Marshall Goldsmith once said, “We should spend less time teaching leaders how to be better, and more time simply teaching them what not to do.”

So if we don’t do these bad behaviors, we may be already closing in on looking good!

1. Don’t even try to learn people’s names. It takes too much effort. Just say, “Hey You” or “Oh Miss.” Flight attendants love that. Don’t learn names just say “Hey.” It shows how little other people mean to you.

2. Ditch the smile. C’mon this isn’t day-care. Look serious so people know you’re busy and important. Look fierce, determined, and mad. You think you are  tough minded but others will see you as close- minded.

3. Stop the small talk. Like, “How was your daughter’s graduation?” or “How was your recent vacation?” Stop! We have work to do and that chatter is wasteful and unproductive!

4. Stop faking interest in other people’s long stories. Honestly, while they talk we should be anxious to move onto our next conversation or those emails that are piling up.

5. Stop handholding. When people come to us with problems, simply tell them to “Get-a-Grip” and handle things themselves. Prove that listening and caring are way overrated.

6. Step up the advice. Tell people everything you know and make them feel like they know nothing – that’ll get ‘em going.

7. Get excited. Throw papers and tantrums. Blame others, yell, and explain that we are never wrong. That creates action and gets people moving.

8. Stop the big picture talk. Look, just do your job, and leave the big picture to us high titled bosses. We don’t have time to explain and you wouldn’t understand the detailed strategy anyway.

9. If you want trophies and awards for showing up, look for recognition in kindergarten. Praise and recognition never got work done faster or on time. My boss didn’t give it to me, and I never needed and look how successful I am.  You don’t need it either..

10. Stop doing extra work – that’s why we have others. Let them take on more. As the boss I can’t do everything, I should sit back and let others do the heavy lifting. Be the supervisor of work, not the worker bee.

Go Team.


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