The Ideal Team Player
By: Patrick Lencioni
Reflection by: Rand Baughman
Why I read it?
Last October I had the privilege to go to the Ohio State vs Iowa football game with my dad. On the flight to Columbus, we were talking about books we’d read recently. He said he had read The Ideal Team Player a few months prior, and he recommended it to me. I’ve learned over my lifetime that I should take my dad’s advice, so I downloaded it on Audible.
What is it all about?
In this book, Lencioni explores the qualities and attributes of individuals who are considered the most effective team players in a workplace. The book presents a model for identifying and cultivating these ideal team players, emphasizing the importance of teamwork and collaboration in achieving organizational success. The central concept revolves around three key virtues – Humble, Hungry, Smart.
What caused me to pause?
How to recognize if someone possesses the three key virtues (humble, hungry, and smart) made me pause and reflect. I don’t want to spoil the whole book for you, but here are some examples of how to recognize if someone is Humble:
-Listen to their language: Humble individuals often use words and phrases that indicate a focus on the team rather than themselves. They might say “we” instead of “I” when discussing accomplishments or challenges.
– Observe their behavior in group settings: Pay attention to how they interact with colleagues in meetings or group discussions. Humble individuals tend to actively listen, acknowledge others’ ideas, and give credit to their teammates.
-Ask for feedback: Solicit input from colleagues who have worked with the individual to get a sense of their humility. Others may be able to provide insights into whether the person is open to feedback, willing to admit mistakes, and values teamwork.
How will this book change my habits or influence me?
The book has challenged me to reflect on these three essential virtues. Do I possess them? Am I stronger in one and weaker in another? Lencioni argues that individuals who possess all three are the most valuable team players because they not only contribute to the team’s performance but also create a positive and cohesive team culture.
Add this to your reading list if…
You are a leader and you’re seeking to build strong, collaborative teams. The book provides practical advice on how to identify, hire, and develop these ideal team players within an organization.
Pickle Rating: 5 out of 5