How Hungry Are You?
As I've been thinking about culture, teamwork and high performing teams recently everything I think of comes back to three key concepts found in Patrick Lencioni's The Ideal Team Player.
- Humble - Check your ego at the door and put the needs of the organization above your own.
- Hungry - Always wanting more, proactive and never settling for the way things are.
- Smart - While book smarts are important, it is more important to develop an aptitude on understanding and working well with other people.
I believe that you can learn humility and people skills, but hunger is something that you either have or you don't. The drive to work hard. The desire to achieve greatness. The passion to be successful. The need to never accept complacency.
If you are just going through the motions, doing something because you have to, because it is your job, you have already limited yourself in what you can achieve. If you aren't hungry, don't be surprised if someone passes you by.