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
Attitude 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.
Do they Smile. It has been proven that smiling results in chemicals being released in the body resulting in increased health and energy?
Do they speak something positive more often than not?
Do they count their blessings – family members, occupation, material things, etc?
Do they treat others as if they are the most important person in the world?
Do they take themselves too serious?
Commitment Pat Williams, in his book The Magic of Team Work defined commitment this way.
Loyalty: Commitment to each other on the team.
Sense of mission: Commitment to the team vision or cause. The team vision will never become a reality until the players rally around it, commit to it, and bend their backs to make that vision a tangible reality.
Class: Commitment to quality and excellence.
Competitiveness: Commitment to winning. How you play the game is important, but winning at the end of the day is success. After all, your team is not committed to just play well, but they are committed to win.
Accountability: Commitment to continual improvement. Accountability is absolutely essential to the health and success of any team.
Mental toughness: Commitment to hustling and finishing.
Self-discipline: Commitment to control and self-mastery. This means being committed to conquering weaknesses, procrastination and laziness.
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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