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Ignore the Different Personalities in the Team

Every year at the beginning of the (insert your favorite sport here) season there are all sorts of prognostications about that one team that’s destined to win it all. Why will this team be victorious? Because of all the talent it’s bought. Yet time and again these dream teams don’t live up to their expectations, and often they get defeated by some underdog.

    It’s the same in the workplace. Throw together a few folks with good reputations and turn them into a dream team—and they’ll be sure to succeed. In fact, many of these teams fare no better than those “winning” sports teams.

    Successful teams do have talented members—but those members understand each other and draw from each other’s strengths. If you’re ambitious and you want to see this in action, join a volunteer fire department as active fire fighter. By necessity you’ll bond with your team members, and your understanding of teams will change.

Can you describe the personality of each team member?

Do you know what makes them tick?

Do you know how to push their buttons?


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Two other Opinions:

  1. Cecilia
    13:00 on Thursday, March 13th, 2008
    Looking at some parents and how obvious they favor one child over another - I am actually surprised that there aren’t way more incidents at the workplace!
  2. Frank Kanu
    13:07 on Thursday, March 13th, 2008
    That’s a good point you are making Cecilia!

    I am always surprised at the low priority people skills have in educational systems. One might argue that most will not become managers or leaders—sure a lot of the children grow up to become parents.

    And no matter what—at one time or another—we all have to deal with superiors, co-workers and so on.

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