[Lucrative Lookback] How to Work With Difficult People Who Make You Cringe

[Lucrative Lookback] How to Work With Difficult People Who Make You Cringe

We’ve all met our fair share of cringeworthy people - you know, the folks who never seem to know where the line is. Or, the ones who are blatantly hypocritical and don’t seem to know it. Or, the coworker you really wish would at least pretend not to be on their phone while they’re talking to you. Or…the list could go on for days! In this week’s Lucrative Lookback, we’ll consider how we can change our experience with these “difficult people” to preserve our sanity and create a work environment where we can do more than just survive. We may find that a little perspective goes a long way. What’s even better? We’ll explore how to work with these difficult personalities in 250 words, or less! Think about this… To date, we don’t have computers as sophisticated as the human brain. Each of your coworkers has potentially more computational power than any of the computers at your company! Perhaps you’re thinking, “Not my coworkers! Some of them just have difficult personalities. They could never be as sophisticated as a door knob, much less a computer!” Now, consider this quote by Albert Einstein: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” People have unique Strengths that act as their filter for how they think, act, and feel. If everyone had exactly the same Strengths and thought exactly the same way, life would be pretty boring and new ideas would be rare at best. There’s power in diversity and seeing it...
How to Hire the Right Fit for Your Team

How to Hire the Right Fit for Your Team

Hiring a new team member can be a tricky business. Obviously, you want to hire someone who can do the job at hand. More importantly, and perhaps more overlooked, you also want to hire someone who adds value to the team dynamic and the organization’s mission. That’s one daunting task! And it’s one that many people don’t understand the true impact of. Trybal Performance was built with the intention to thrive, so it goes without saying that we take great pride in finding and attracting unique and dynamic members. Each member of our small but mighty Tryb has an energy all their own and a fulfilling passion they bring to the table. It ensures we have a continuous stream of creativity that comes through in what we do.   Given our Strengths-based approach to team building, people often ask us how to build their own tribe. We recently had the pleasure of adding a new member to ours, so we thought now would be a great time to answer that question. His name is Matt Swenson, and he can tell you, we didn’t make it easy on him!  There was one critical piece of the puzzle we had to get right: cultural fit. Our core Trybal values had to be front and center when considering his position, because how he executes is only half of the equation. The other half has to come from his strongly-aligned and inherent values. That’s right; his actual skill–set played second fiddle to cultural fit.   Based on our values, we had to ask Matt and ourselves:  Was his mindset founded in abundance and...
Lucrative Lookback: How to Kill Death By Meeting Using StrengthsFinder Methodology

Lucrative Lookback: How to Kill Death By Meeting Using StrengthsFinder Methodology

Are meetings about meetings killing you softly? Everyone is talking over each other, or repeating the same thing, or refusing to listen…perhaps all of the above. Well, what if there was a tool that could possibly give you insight into how to run a meeting efficiently AND ensure everyone feels heard and well utilized? In this Lucrative Lookback, we’ll pull one of our all time favorite tools out of our toolbox, StrengthsFinder! Our meetings suck! “We meet about meetings to plan meetings.” “Here’s another wasted hour!” Sound familiar? But… why are meetings a perpetual problem? There are a ton of books on the subject, communication courses, college classes, seminars, etc. Google the word “meeting” and you’ll get millions, yes MILLIONS, of hits. Yet, our meetings suck! Grrrrr!!! A strengths-based culture offers opportunity for success. Consider your team’s strengths. Is the team balanced with Strategic Thinking, Relationship Building, Executing, and Influencing strengths? Does it need to be balanced? Reference the following table from Gallup: **********************Word of caution here! *************************** Strengths is a POSITIVE tool meant for use in a manner of sophistication and abundance. The objective is to allow people to flourish by doing what they do best. Combinations of various talents and sophistication of an individual’s understanding of the tool all play into application. Unsophisticated use shows up as labeling and stereotyping = NOT the correct use of the tool. The domain or specific talents that an individual displays don’t directly relate to the tasks that person does best or wants to do. Knowing this info does provide the opportunity to have a safe discussion with the individual about...
How to Work With Difficult Personalities That Make You Cringe

How to Work With Difficult Personalities That Make You Cringe

Think about this… To date, we don’t have computers as sophisticated as the human brain. Each of your coworkers has potentially more computational power than any of the computers at your company! Perhaps you’re thinking, “Not my coworkers! Some of them just have difficult personalities. They could never be as sophisticated as a door knob, much less a computer!” Now, consider this quote by Albert Einstein:  “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” People have unique talents that act as their filter for how they think, act, and feel. If everyone had exactly the same talents and thought exactly the same way, life would be pretty boring and new ideas would be rare at best. There’s power in diversity and seeing it as an opportunity versus a barrier. Perhaps those slow, useless, dim coworkers aren’t so slow, useless or dim after all.  Often the problem is simple understanding. Instead of leveraging the distinct talents of individuals, our tendency is often to judge based on our own unique filter of talents. Tomorrow, when you sit at or log in to your staff meeting, project call, production meeting, etc.  consider how your team is showing up:  Who is competitive?  Who is impatient?  Who is deliberative in their thought process?  Who is best at communicating their points?  Who keeps the team focused?  Who includes everyone in the conversation?  Who commands the room when they speak? You might find you’re sitting with a team of rock stars full of untapped potential.  ______________________________________________________________________________________Ready...
How to Kill Death By Meeting With StrengthsFinder Methodology

How to Kill Death By Meeting With StrengthsFinder Methodology

Our meetings Suck! “We meet about meetings to plan meetings.” “Here’s another wasted hour!” Sound familiar? Why are meetings a perpetual problem? There are a ton of books on the subject, communication courses, college classes, seminars, etc. Google the word “meeting” and you’ll get millions, yes MILLIONS, of hits. Yet, our meetings suck! Grrrrr!!! A strengths based culture offers opportunity for success. Consider your team’s strengths. Is the team balanced with Strategic Thinking, Relationship Building, Executing, and Influencing strengths? Does it need to be balanced? Reference the following table from Gallup: **********************Word of caution here! *************************** Strengths is a POSITIVE tool meant for use in a manner of sophistication and abundance. The objective is to allow people to flourish by doing what they do best. Combinations of various talents and sophistication of an individual’s understanding of the tool all play into application. Unsophisticated use shows up as labeling and stereotyping = NOT the correct use of the tool. The domain or specific talents that an individual displays don’t directly relate to the tasks that person does best or wants to do. Knowing this info does provide the opportunity to have a safe discussion with the individual about applying their talents to specific tasks. ***********Now that we’ve established this critical point, let’s continue!************** Now consider the case of a meeting to brainstorm new product design. Meeting objective: Brainstorm new product ideas Strategic thinkers can’t wait for this meeting and are ready to talk and discuss all day. Yes, ALL DAY. Relationship builders may struggle for purpose in a product meeting and tend to focus more on the team and interactions....