The 3 Must-Haves Of Any Team Player (And We Mean Musts) Jan18

The 3 Must-Haves Of Any Team Player (And We Mean Musts)

At Smart Savvy, we’ve long prescribed to the 3-way mirror rule of recruitment: check every angle. Now we have a new take: the 3-legged stool. That’s because we read a book: The Ideal Team Player: How To Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues by NYT best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni. (In fact, we liked the book so much that we bought a copy for all of our clients. Exhibit A: one of our happy recipients.) Building on his brilliant guide to the five major dysfunctions of a team, Lencioni’s newest “business fable” takes a closer look at the individuals who populate your pack. What makes a person a true and consistent “value-add”? What causes them to detract?   Humble, Hungry and Smart: The Ideal Team Player   According to Lencioni, once you check off the baseline “stuff” (technical skills,  experience, personal hygiene), the ultimate success of any new/current hire depends on three, crucial personality traits: Humble – Leaves their ego at the door. Not “overly arrogant” and not meek. Possesses BOTH the humility to champion others and the self-confidence to bring ideas to the table. Level 5 leader. Hungry – “Self diligent and motivated.” Internally driven. Tackles problems and projects with a sense of urgency and for the “good of the team.”   Smart – Simply put, people smarts. “Appropriate and aware.” Helps team members feel “appreciated and understood” even in tough love situations. The crux? All three virtues are non-negotiable. Teammates who lack even one are unbalanced and pose great challenges to both the team’s health and the organizations’ productivity. For example: If you’re hiring for a sales role, Lencioni warns that you might excuse an oversized ego for what you see as a valuable dose of hungry. You know, the #goalcrusher who polarises teammates....