Against Better Judgement

Great teammates understand when to take a stand. I had to learn this the hard way. There was a time when I thought that being a good teammate meant always doing as I was told. I endured the angst of my conscience screaming “NO!” when I was asked to do something that I knew was against my better judgment. It wasn’t illegal, but people were hurt. That angst wore me down. As I watched the results that I foresaw unfold, I continued to try to be a good teammate by putting my head down and powering through. My caution was dismissed because I thought that it was right to be loyal despite my own hesitations. Eventually I realized that I was a liability to the team when I didn’t stand up for what was clearly right despite the direction being given. A great teammate does the right thing regardless of the power of peer pressure.

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  1. God bless you Coach, I to fell victim to being a “Yes Man” many years ago and destroyed a perfectly good team and a perfectly good project. It took us a long time to reevaluate what had happened and by the time we got to the root cause it was pretty obvious to all that I was the problem and was asked to leave. Broke my heart, but I learned a very valuable lesson and was able to eventually voice life lessons when it came to things that made my hair stand up on the back of my neck. This also lead to helping and educating others to follow suite. Together making the rock solid team of professionals that I have the pleasure of working with today.
    Thanks Coach for bring this up and allowing me to share with others.

    Robert

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