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There is a time and place for a casual attitude. The best way to think about it is to think about the time and place for casual dress. You just can’t wear shorts everywhere. Some restaurants won’t even seat you if you walk in with the wrong kind of dress. What if teams had an attitude code instead of a dress code? What if there was a way to dismiss someone from an important meeting by saying, “I am sorry, sir, your attitude is inappropriate for the nature of the discussion today. There is a lot at stake and we need more focus from you today.”
Life is hard. Success is simply the measure of how well we overcome the hard that life throws our way. Are we excuse-makers or overcomers? Are we looking for a solution or a reason why we should quit? Great teams find people that see difficulty as a door to a welcome challenge and not an obstacle to turn from. When hard is a dealbreaker for someone, it should be a dealbreaker for their place on your team.
The fear of making a mistake could be the most prevalent reason a team’s potential is not reached. Risks are necessary because anything worth doing is likely iffy at best when we set out to do it. This includes trusting someone with something that they may not have a track record of success for. That track record has to start somewhere. Why not here, right now? We often forget that someone took that same chance on us at some point. Why are we then so stingy to pay that risk forward?