Who’s All In vs Who’s Not!

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As the marketplace (and any other sector, for that matter) has evolved to more project-focused and team-based work, very seldom does a Leader get to choose who’s on the team, nor do team members get to choose the Leader. In short, you work with who you have.

It’s very difficult to assess the capacity of any individual until after you’ve interacted with, assigned responsibility and observed them in a working environment. Also, under the current typical appraisal process (which I just despise), you may not be able to weigh in until after 30-60-90 days. There are some Leaders that won’t even confront substandard performance during that time frame unless they have no choice. Additionally, if a Leader is also bound by a culture that requires HR input combined with Legal input before any decision can be made, then substandard performers can linger for a long time and certainly beyond the timeline of any task or project.

If you’ve read any of my posts, listened to any of my podcasts, or watched any of my videos, you’ve noted my intentional and committed focus with Character and Behavior. I’ve been focused on this aspect of assessing those around me for many years, both as a follower and more so as a Leader.

Rather than bore you with scripted processes from either an HR or Legal perspective, I want to share 5 simple, relevant and compelling questions you can ask yourself about those you’re assessing that will quickly tell you what kind of team member you have.

  1. Are they always a part of the answer, or a part of the problem?
  2. Do they see an answer for every problem, or a problem for every answer?
  3. Do they always respond with their best effort, or with ‘that’s not my job?’
  4. Do they see an answer for every problem, or a problem for every answer?
  5. Do they see a green near every sand trap, or a sand trap near every green? (Since I play golf, this is my favorite. 😊)

If you’ll ask and answer those 5 questions with each member of your team as you interact with and Lead them, you’ll discover who and what needs to be addressed.

Truth Be Told, you’ll know quickly ‘who’s all in vs who’s not!’

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