Ice Cream, Holidays, and one great thing you can do to improve your 2016

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Happy Holidays……tonight’s installment is a piece on “awareness of the people that make up your team” that we often don’t act on or take as serious as we should.  It will be brief and insightful (I hope).

If you are in the business of growing your business, you inevitably have a team dynamic.  You have people working together toward a common cause and those team dynamics are typically very important.

This week’s advice as you think about your team for 2016 is simple…..REMOVE THE PART OF THE TEAM THAT ISN’T HELPING THE TEAM OR CONTRIBUTING TO ELEVATING THE TEAM TO A HIGHER LEVEL.

We get so caught up in “coaching people up” and “making it work” that often times we miss the obvious.  Addition by subtraction.

I once had a smart guy tell me…………….”Hall if you had a beautiful bowl of ice cream and I dropped a little spec of dog doo in it, just a small, small spec, what would you do with that beautiful bowl of ice cream?”

Of course my response was “I would throw it out, I wouldn’t eat any of it, the entire bowl”.  I think you would agree……..you’d throw it down the drain right?  The entire bowl…yes sir!!

Well that’s what people that don’t want to be on the team/take coaching/get better/mis-wired are doing to your potentially BEAUTIFUL, STRONG TEAM.  Yet we angst, worry and fret over telling them to find a new opportunity.  We worry what HR will say.  We worry about “how they will feel” and we put it off and put it off and ignore the problem.   We lie to ourselves.  Why?  To avoid the smallest and most insignificant pain that is caused by someone that doesn’t want to be there being let go.  It’s total insanity.

One person can hold back your entire team.  Make the decision today to move them out in January and then execute on it.

You wouldn’t eat around the spec of doo-doo in your ice cream would you?  Why are you asking your team to do it?

Happy Holidays!

D.Hall

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