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Dealing with team ‘negatives’

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Negative team members are like poison. Left unchecked, they corrode morale through the ranks. They can take many forms, including:
  • Cynics, whose superior attitude infects other cynics in the ranks.
  • Political players, who attract other power-seekers to their sides.
  • Laziness addicts, who attract other people who want an easy way to the top.
If you’re dealing with negatives like those, keep the situation under control with these actions:
  • Take strong action against them, no matter how popular they are. Giving preferential treatment to someone who’s not delivering results sends a signal that you are afraid of him or her: hardly the message you want to send through the ranks.
  • Avoid politicking against negatives. It’s tempting to try to build consensus against them or express your frustrations to other members of the team. Be careful, since doing so can degenerate into a power skirmish that will erode your integrity as a true leader.

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