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Not so Random Thoughts

Team Work or Power Play?


Anyone who has ever held a job to make a living, has at one time or another had to deal with the harsh realities of the workplace. By that I mean, the fact that not everyone is a team player who brings different skill sets to the shared goals of the organization and then works well with others to make them happen.

Many books and professional articles have been written about workplace dynamics and personalities. There are the Pedestal Seekers, who want to place themselves above others no matter what and often, without having earned the right to be there as they demand respect and admiration.

There are the Timid Toms who seem never to have a voice or a thought of their own and often double as “Yes Men.” Some simply don’t have the self-esteem to speak up and others are willing to ride someone else’s coat-tail if they can, to the top of the proverbial heap.

There are the ones who want to call the shots but couldn’t, of their own merit, hit a target if the bullseye was a foot away.

There are the Talkers who don’t listen, the Listeners who don’t talk, the Credit Takers and the Blame Givers. There are the Truth Tellers and the Lie Spewers. And oh how I remember a fellow from many years ago who was the Spin-Master and who loved to remind me that I needed to learn to put a “spin on things” to protect my position.

One of the most discouraging personality types to work with is the Nay-sayer. No matter what ideas, enthusiasm, and energy anyone else brings to the task, this person is ready to dismiss it, belittle it, and staunchly claim it has either been tried or can’t work. Wait long enough, however, and the idea which was quickly discounted is apt to resurface later as the stroke of genius of the very person who put it down.

Recently, I came on a quote, attributed to the amazing woman, Helen Keller. She said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

I like those words and I also like a verse from poet Edgar A. Guest, “I have to live with myself and so, I want to be good for myself to know.

As I continue my life’s journey, I also want very much to be good for others to know because to be that kind of person is to feel optimism, hope, and confidence.

Jan Corey Arnett ©2017