12 Reasons to Stop Being A Team Player.
Being a team player means you have to pretend to get along with a lot of morons and jerks.
Don’t get me wrong. These people happen to be everywhere.
At times it seems unavoidable.
Now it's a big part of the selling universe.
Frankly, this notion of "being a team player" has really sprung up on us in recent years.
It has become one of the key questions of sales leaders hiring sales superstars. The obligatory "Are a team player?” question.
Stop talking about you being a team player
It’s just silliness.
It may sound less confrontational to just agree with the question (with the idea), but maybe there is a better solution.
And here it is:
Be a team builder...
When you think about it, that’s being the ultimate team player.
Getting along with the rest of the people on your team is a bonus.
It’s not a requirement.
It’s not even something to spend too much time thinking about.
If it happens, it happens. The better approach is to lead.
And not leading by being the loudest in the locker room or the guy with the biggest ego.
You do it by avoiding mediocrity in everything that you do.
And none of that "push the limits" generality that we like to throw around.
Want to be a team leader?
Try a few of these on for size:
- You speak with candor when passive agression is the norm.
- You create your own strategy without borrowing outside excuses.
- You avoid peer pressures that limit your ability to be radical.
- You stay brutally honest with yourself about your potential.
- You are wildly curious about everything around you.
- You doggedly chose attitudes that maintain positive perspectives.
- You plan to be contrarian when getting along is easier.
- You work on kindness when manipulation seems more promising.
- You listen to people that you disagree with.
- You courageously stand up for ideas and beliefs.
- You set ambitious goals that challenge the limits your organization sets for you.
- You determine your own outcomes instead of waiting on fate.
A team player won't care about these things.
And why should they?
They're trying to get along with everyone around them.
And that's not really a skill in the first place. Is it?