The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick Lencioni
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The book presents 3 characteristics for the “Ideal Team Player”. These characteristics are:
- Humble – a lack of ego or concerns about status. Share credit emphasise team and define success as collectively.
- Hungry – always looking for more to do, responsibilities and things to learn – a manageable and sustainable commitment to doing a good job and going above and beyond when required. Not in a selfish way.
- Smart – common sense about people. Having good judgement and intuition around the subtleties of group interactions.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less”C. S. Lewis
- Tell me about the most important accomplishment of your career? Look for I’s and we’s
- What was the biggest embarrassment in your career or biggest failure? Humble people are not afraid to tell their unflattering stories
- How did you handle the failure? Look for what was learnt
- What is your greatest weakness? Are candidates uncomfortable acknowledging something
- How do you handle apologies, either giving or receiving them? Humble people are not afraid to say sorry or accept others with grace
- Tell me about someone who is better than you in a area which matters to you? Look for a genuine appreciation of others
- What is the hardest you have ever worked on something in your life? Look for joy
- What do you like to do when you are not working? A long list of hobbies is a warning
- Did you work hard when you were a teanager? Look for difficulty, sacrifice and hardship. A work ethic tends (not always) to start in early life
- What kind of hours do you usually work? If people focus on the hours, schedule or balance then he may not be hungry.
- How would you describe your personality? Smart people generally know themselves and talk about their behaviours
- What do you do in your personal life which others may find annoying? Smart people know what they do and try to moderate them
- What kind of people annoy you the most and how do you deal with them? Looking for self aware and self control.
- Would your former colleagues describe you as an empathetic person? Does the person value empathy
- Does he genuinely compliment or praise teammates without hesitation?
- Does she easily admit when she makes a mistake?
- Is he willing to take on lower-level work for the good of the team?
- Does she gladly share credit for team accomplishments?
- Does he readily acknowledge his weaknesses?
- Does she offer and receive apologies graciously?
- Does he do more than what is required in his own job?
- Does she have passion for the mission of the team?
- Does he feel a sense of personal responsibility for the overall success of the team?
- Is she willing to contribute to and think about work outside of office hours?
- Is he willing and eager to take on tedious and challenging tasks whenever necessary?
- Does she look for opportunities to contribute outside of her area of responsibility?
- Does he seem to know what teammates are feeling during meetings and interactions?
- Does she show empathy to others on the team?
- Does he demonstrate an interest in the lives of teammates?
- Is she an attentive listener?
- Is he aware of how his words and actions impact others on the team?
- Is she good at adjusting her behavior and style to fit the nature of a conversation or relationship?
On a scale of 3 = Usually, 2 = Sometimes, 1 = Rarely, rate what “My teammates would say“:
- I compliment or praise them without hesitation
- I easily admit to my mistakes.
- I am willing to take on lower-level work for the good of the team
- I gladly share credit for team accomplishments.
- I readily acknowledge my weaknesses.
- I offer and accept apologies graciously.
- I do more than what is required in my own job.
- I have passion for the “mission” of the team.
- I feel a sense of personal responsibility for the overall success of the team.
- I am willing to contribute to and think about work outside of office hours.
- I am willing to take on tedious or challenging tasks whenever necessary.
- I look for opportunities to contribute outside of my area of responsibility.
- I generally understand what others are feeling during meetings and conversations.
- I show empathy to others on the team.
- I demonstrate an interest in the lives of my teammates.
- I am an attentive listener.
- I am aware of how my words and actions impact others on the team.
- I adjust my behavior and style to fit the nature of a conversation or relationship.