The Single Most Important aspect of High Performing Teams

“How do you create a happy environment?”
“Simple. I removed all the unhappy people.”

I can’t remember who said this, but it rings true to me.

To get the hot air balloon higher, it is simpler to remove the lead weights than to pump more hot air into the balloon canopy.

Single most important aspect: Remove those that suck

* This post was originally my response to this question on quora.

There is a lot of buzz around Pinterest these days, but the social network that most keeps me entertained while learning is Quora.  It connects people around interests.  I have got some great answers to questions regarding research, articles I am writing, places to visit…

Some of my answers on quora:


3 types of Dangerous People

If you want to improve quality of life, stay away from people that reduce your joy.

Spider Reflections
photo: Avital Pinnick

Micheal Maddock writes about 3 types of people to fire immediately.  This applies beyond the world of entrepreneurs and work teams.  It applies in all of life.

The 3 types of Dangerous People

  1. Victims – they want the problems.
  2. Critics – they won’t and they don’t want you to either.
  3. Know-it-Alls – they refuse to learn.

Question:  In the case that it is impossible to get away from someone of type 1, 2 or 3 do you have any ideas for antidotes?

6 Competencies for the Future of Labor

According to the report “Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce“, the top 6 competencies for success in the labor market today are:

  1. Networking – connecting to people and sharing your and their goals (Networking in 7 simple steps)
  2. Enthusiasm – showing interest and energy
  3. Professionalism – show up on time, respect others
  4. Communication Skills – listening, context and timing, message (Improve your Speaking, Listen better)
  5. Teamwork – acting as part of a team, sometimes leading, sometimes following
  6. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking – solution orientation, data driven analysis, structured thinking (6 steps for business problem solving)