The Ideal Team Player

This is a book review on The Ideal Team Player By Patrick Lencioni.

Another great business lesson is taught through a fable.  Helps give background to the attributes that make a great teammate and a sample of the process to deduce whether they are a team player (as best as possible) before you hire.  Lots of people are great interviewers so it can be hard to know then but the folks that aren’t a right fit or people the kind of teammates will sort itself out if the standard is upheld throughout the company and throughout time – the ideals are not a one-time thing to do and the attributes are not part of a checklist.  You have them or you don’t and if you don’t, you work towards them or you need to move on.  We aren’t perfect but trust, accountability (part of the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team), and a willingness to strive to be better will get you to your best.  I felt a bit of the Gap and the Gain in this story too – appreciate the progress while trying to be better.

Bryan’s Takeaways from the Book:

The ability to work effectively with others, to add value within the dynamics of a group endeavor, is more critical in today’s fluid work than it has ever been.

Leaders who can identify, hire, and cultivate employees who are humble, hungry, and smart will have a serious advantage over those who cannot.

The 3 Virtues: humble, hungry, and smart team members

—-> Smart isn’t just intellect.  Very much how you interact with clients, subordinates, bosses, vendors, etc.

—-> Smart simply refers to a person’s common sense about people. It has everything to do with the ability to be interpersonally appropriate and aware.

Humility is the single greatest and most indispensable attribute of being a team player.

Two types of people who lack humility: overly arrogant and those who lack self-confidence.  Both have insecurity

“Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” CS Lewis

A healthy hunger is a manageable and sustainable commitment to doing a job well and going above and beyond when it is truly required.

Be careful as hunger can easily be faked in an interview.