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ATTITUDE, ABILITY, and COMMITMENT

by David Lo Teacher Teacher

By John Hamilton from Murrieta

 

Factors which are the most important to consider when building your small business group, sporting team, or choosing a partner

 

Understanding the key factors and what impact they have on on the overall success of a project, goal, or outcome is paramount to your success.  Deciding to partner up with others in a team environment should be weighed carefully before entering a working relationship with them

 

There are three main components to consider when building a small business group working together, a bowling team, or even picking a dance partner:

 

     Attitude

     Commitment

     Ability

 

I recall being a young boy where we would pick teams for a game of dodge ball, softball, or other playground sport. It appeared that the ‘best’ players would be chosen as captains, who would then subsequently pick teammates in alternating order. Unfortunately, the criteria to choose teammates was done in a manner where the subsequent best (Ability) players were chosen first, and then players who were not so athletically gifted were chosen last. This often stems from the desire to ‘Win’, which obviously seemed like the quickest route to success; yet, at what cost?

 

In over 30 years as being a professional athlete, coach, and business owner I have learned how important it is in prioritizing the key attributes to what creates a winning team.

 

The three main elements mentioned above are the main factors in determining who makes a great fit for a small group environment, team, or partnership. I understand that if we could genetically clone ourselves, then obviously that would be the winning formula. I wish it was that easy, but that is actually the furthest thing from reality!

 

Understanding the balance and relationship of Attitude, Commitment, and Ability greatly expands one’s potential to succeed in building a small work group, team, or partnership.

As discussed above, it is easy to default to our baseline training and behaviors and solely look at ‘Ability’ as the primary key factors when choosing someone for a team or project.

 

Understanding the relationship between: Attitude, Commitment, and Ability (1-1-3)

 

#1 Attitude (25-40% factor)

 

Can one ‘bad apple’ ruin the bunch? You can bet your last dollar on that question, and you will WIN a million bucks!

 

One person within your team can quickly become cancerous, which can destroy your group's project or established goal. They can make things uncomfortable, and frankly not fun to be around. When the fun or cohesiveness is undermined by individuals with bad attitudes, then things will fall apart and eventually fail.

 

When looking for people to surround yourself with, look for people who have a positive attitude. Positivity attracts positivity, which is a huge factor in accomplishing your goals along with having fun along the journey.

 

Attributes of a Person with a Positive Attitude

 

Achiever

Active

Adaptable

Ambitious

Balanced

Candid

Cheerful

Compassion

Competitive

Consistent

Cooperative

Courageous

Curious

Devoted

Diplomatic

Easy Going

Enterprising

Enthusiastic

Exciting

Facilitator

Flexible

Focused

Forgiving

Generous

Listens

Imaginative

Incredible

Independent

Industrious

Innovative

Insightful

Literate

Logical

Mediator

Modest

Open-Minded

Organized

Original

Outgoing

Patient

Perceptive

Personable

Pleasant

Positive

Practical

Proactive

Productive

Professional

Quality

Results Driven

Self-Reliant

Sensible

Sensitive

Sincere

Skilled

Solid

Thoughtful

Trustworthy

Warm

Wise

 

 

There is not going to be the perfect percentage (like a balanced 33.3%) to fulfill this top level characteristics of choosing a good teammate or co-worker; but, if you stick within a range where ‘Attitude’ is between 25-40%, then that is a great starting point.

 

Beware! Avoid these behaviors with people with bad attitudes (At all Costs)

 

Aggressive

Aloof

Arrogant

Belligerent

Big-Headed

Bitchy

Boastful

Boring

Bossy

Callous

Cantankerous

Careless

Changeable

Clinging

Compulsive

Cowardly

Cunning

Cruel

Cynical

Deceitful

Detached

Dishonest

Domineering

Finicky

Foolish

Fussy

Greedy

Grumpy

Garish

Impatient

Impolite

Inconsiderate

Inflexible

Jealous

Lazy

Mean

Miserable

Moody

Nasty

Nervous

Obsessive

Obstinate

Overcritical

Overemotional

Patronizing

Pessimistic

Pompous

Possessive

Quarrelsome

Resentful

Rude

Ruthless

Sarcastic

Selfish

Self-Centered

Sneaky

Stingy

Stupid

Timid

Thoughtless

 

 

#1 Commitment (25-40% Factor)

Commitment also weighs in as a top level factor when determining who will work well within your team environment. There is nothing more frustrating (other than bad attitudes) when working with other people who have varying levels of commitment to a project, goal, or objective.

Committed People are ones who:

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