The 4 Players that Power your Team Energy! (George Washington shared your people problems.)


Hi everybody. Ryan and Jennifer here, and we are in Morristown NJ meeting with our great client Schindler Elevator. We have so many great friends here. We just spent a good chunk of time with one in particular, Mike Yurchuk, who has become a very good friend.

We love it down here. There is much history evident in these little towns. This building is called the Ford Mansion. This is the home where George Washington wintered during the American Revolution. Apparently in 1777, they had just a brutal winter, to the point where some of the soldiers who were camped just down the hill from this property actually boiled their shoes and tried to eat them. Very tough times!

There was no food and very little money. They were having trouble paying for the troops, resulting in mutinies during that time. Some soldiers were leaving.

So, difficult times, and, you know, when we think about this time in history, it is amazing that some of the soldiers stayed. You’ve got to think about why they stayed. What cause was so important to them? The cause that the soldiers focused on was more important than maybe anything else. Certainly, more important than money and food and lodging. This is very interesting when we think of what inspires our people's best today.

So, let me give you 4 ideas. Let's look briefly at 4 players that power your team culture.

We are introducing this concept as an important piece of our Intellectual Property, and will take it deeper during future writing. After playing on and working with countless teams, here are the 4 general player positions that we find either suck energy or supply energy to your team culture.

1- FEE players.

In other words, if the money’s there they stay, but they’re in that mode where, really, they could do this anywhere. If they get more money, they’re going somewhere else. The FEE player is what we would call a player that drives lower energy.

2- ME players.

The ME player could be a high-performing player. They could certainly stay, and they want to be part of the team, but it’s about them at this point, right? It’s about the actual money, it’s about high performance, it’s about “this is a good place. I’m going to hang around, but I don’t really act like a team player or feel part of that team.” Or, maybe they haven’t been shown how to compete on a team or work as a team. They haven’t learned how to be in a team yet.

3- WE players.

Then you go from the FEE player and the ME player to what we call the WE player. These are your good team players. These are the ones you want to hang on to and keep focused and happy. They enjoy each other. They’re having fun. They’re part of the team. But, would you agree that sometimes as a lea