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Are You Compelled?

Of course, there is nothing like hearing this firsthand but if you missed the webinar hosted by our partner, RingCentral, featuring former Dallas Cowboy, Darren Woodson – this is a great read.

Great principles for anything in life.

The C’s!

Darren Woodson attributed Coach Jimmy Johnson’s success to management of his people and recognized four categories of attitudes, not just on the football field, but in the workplace.  He called this Darren’s Four C’s of Employee Types:

Content – This is the guy that shows up to an 8:00 meeting at 8:05 wearing headphones.  He’s most likely doing this job until he finds something better and doesn’t engage with anyone about work.  Most likely, content employees are the first ones out the door at night.

Compliant – This employee has no ambition beyond doing the job they have in front of them, but they show up for an 8:00 meeting at 8:00.  They will work their time, but only their time.  These employees don’t engage with other employees outside of work in a volunteer or marketing opportunity.  They are working to get their paycheck.

Committed – These are the employees that come in and are fantastic at their job, but it is all about “their” job.  He compared this mindset to Neon Deon himself, who even when Dallas lost, would tell everyone how it wasn’t on him; he did his job.  Woodson talked about how there is no care whether the business profits or gets run into the ground; all these employees care about is hitting some external or internal goal they have set for themselves.

Compelled – This is a star employee.  They not only set high goals for themselves but challenge others to do the same, pushing them to be the best they can be.  At work, they are the first ones in the door and the last to leave.  He reminisced about Michael Irvin, who tried to make Woodson look bad in practice all day, going full tilt, juking and stiff arming.  Irvin pulled him aside afterwards and reminded him that there are Jerry Rice’s in the world who aren’t going to take it easy on you, either.  Irvin felt he owed it to Woodson to prepare him for Hall of Fame talent when it wasn’t practice.

Great Advice for Those That Will Listen

His advice for these first two C’s:  Get rid of them!!!  Woodson specifically called them a virus that will infect other workers if given a chance.  If left alone and unchallenged, your whole workplace will become like this.  He recommended bringing them in, talking about their goals, and challenging them to want more; but, if they won’t change, part ways.

For the committed, he recommended pairing them with other like-minded employees, so for them to succeed, someone else, usually their rival, has to succeed.  The goal is to turn them into compelled employees as well and ultimately drive other employees to follow their leadership.

Thanks again to RingCentral, Darren Woodson and all those who joined the call!

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on September 18, 2020

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