10 Ways to Spot Dead-weight Before it’s too Late
Teams thrive and rise when you ditch dead-weight.
“[Will] Felps estimates that teams with just one deadbeat, downer, or asshole suffer a performance disadvantage of 30 to 40 percent compared to teams that have no bad apples.” (Bob Sutton in Good Boss Bad Boss.)
#1. People who screw up.
A consistent screw up requires intervention. But those who try new things fail the most. Is your screw up an innovator or a slacker?
#2. People with weaknesses.
The whole point of an organization is to maximize strengths and compensate for weakness. (Drucker)
Any team member who doesn’t have weaknesses either lacks self-awareness or has intentionally pulled the wool over your eyes.
#3. People who need growth and development.
When you exclude people who need to grow, you exclude everyone.
#1. People who’ve arrived.
People who don’t embrace personal growth hold teams back. If you don’t want to be dead-weight, ask yourself what new skill or attribute you will test drive today.
#2. People who cozy up with the status quo.
The best team players pursue excellence.
A “good enough” person limits team potential.
#3. People who put personal interests ahead of team success.
Team success is your success.
#4. People who don’t share your values.
#5. People who expect others to adapt to them but refuse to adapt to others.
#6. People who focus more on weakness than strength.
#7. People who joined the team out of obligation, not passion. (Assuming there was a choice.)
#8. People who are overbooked.
#9. People who lack emotional intelligence.
Dead-weight can’t see how they drain energy from others.
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is twice as important as IQ and technical skill for jobs at all levels. (HBR)
#10. People who obstruct as a matter of habit.
Find a way to exclude or jettison anyone who refuses to acknowledge and improve issues that hold teams back.
What forms of dead-weight have you seen?
How might leaders navigate the dead-weight challenge?
You Never Bring Out Someone’s Best by Making Them Feel Inadequate (Leadership Freak)
5 Types of People You Don’t Want in Your Team (Medium)
7 Reasons Why Your Team Can’t Work as a Team (Talent Management)