“You need to have a team of people around you that you enjoy being with, trust, and can rely on. When the going gets tough, you want to be surrounded by individuals who share a common purpose and outlook—people who keep you grounded when things are going well and rally together when times are tough.”– Steve Case, AOL Founder and Former Chairman and CEO, Founder of Revolution
Steve Case hits it head on. Have you ever heard, “your friends are a good reflection of who you are?” Well the same goes for your colleagues at work or the employees you hire. You want to have positive people in your organization who have your same set of values. It is necessary to have a team like that in place in order to have a thriving working environment and culture. I have had successful CEOs like Alan Mulally of Ford. and Ron Kruszewski of Stifel Financial tell me they have let “good people” go because they did not believe in the essence of what they were trying to achieve.
All too often we have what I call “cancers” in organizations. The caddie, uninspired dead weight that always try drag people down. It’s not only a brain drain but it fester like mold and before you know it, you have an infestation of negativity. You want to get rid of that as a manager and as an employee stay away from them because your association with that person can lead others to think you are the same way. Rise above the negativity. Surround yourself with good, positive people because those are the people who will be with you through tough times and good times.
Think like a leader. Carry yourself like a leader and surround yourself with positive people. You owe that to yourself. You are worth it.
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