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Shark Week at the Office

Shark Week at the Office

It only takes one.  If you hire the wrong person for a highly productive team, that ONE person can spell disaster for the entire team.

I saw this first hand in one my departments I managed. We had a highly effective team that worked well together. Disagreements in methods or strategy would be worked out with civility. The camaraderie among this team was excellent, until….

Susan became a new member of the team.  The environment began to quickly change from healthy to toxic. Controversy was almost an everyday occurence. And all the incidents had one similar characteristic; Susan was always at the center of the conflict.  She disagreed with most everybody and her way was the right way or the highway. Often she got personal and attacked members of the team.

She was like putting a Great White Shark in an aquarium full of Sea Otters and Dolphins. The team couldn’t get work completed because they were on the lookout for the next attack.

She was like putting a Great White Shark in an aquarium full of Sea Otters and Dolphins. The team couldn’t get work completed because they were on the lookout for the next attack. Blood was in the water and Susan’s main goal was to attack her team mates, not get work done.  It was daily drama.

January begins a new season of hiring for many corporations who have received an approved headcount increase. Avoid Shark Week in the office and be careful not to hire Susan, the Great White Shark.

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Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees' desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well.

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