You Are Fired!
By Jeff Earlywine
I recently read a story about an NFL football coach that had a great player on his team that kept complaining about not getting the ball thrown to him. He just kept on and kept on. Finally the coaching staff had enough of it (and him), and let him go. They replaced him with a receiver that was not as talented but worked hard during every practice, focused on the goals of the team, and was excited when they won regardless if he even touched the ball. They found him to be an amazing team member.
What to look for in an amazing team member
When you are hiring someone and you want to make sure they have the attitude you are searching for be sure and answer these questions.
Pat Williams, in his book The Magic of Team Work defined commitment this way.
Responds and Communicates
This one is a personal pet peeve of mine. I honestly don’t like excuses, and like it even less when someone does not fulfill what they have committed to doing. I can tell you that great staff members will hit deadlines, or die trying, and give you feedback about what is going on every step of the way. They will be responsive and communicate with you.
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