I meet managers and business leaders with a common challenge. They have people on their teams who they describe as ‘average’.

When I dig a little deeper, I often find that description of ‘average’ is really due to the players being ‘yes’ people. When you lead a team of ‘yes’ people there is not a lot of creativity that flows because the team is busy doing what the boss wants versus what the business and customer needs in an ever changing business landscape.

If you find things getting stale on your team, look at who you are working with – are they ‘yes’ people? If so – and they may all be good contributors – just make a note not to hire a yes person next time around.

Shake it up. Your customers and shareholders need it.

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