Look for the other face. Being deceptive is very normal for these folks. Observe their tone, how they are speaking to others. Try hard to hear and over listen. If you find that they have two different faces: one for you that is nice and supportive then one for others that is negative and mean, they should not be in your circle. They may be good at sucking up to the boss but that does not mean they support your business.
Micromanaging is another issue that can derail team morale as well as your own morale. You want them to take care of business and details but there is a difference when they become a micromanaging leader. If they dominate the department, or decisions, they are going to derail your success. They offer their very own wave lengths and it is out of a sense of power – you do not need or want them on your team – you must be ready and able to send them down the road.
If you have someone on your team that does not actively listen to ideas and is trying to control the ‘eco’ system, which is really the ‘ego’ system, you need to take quick and evasive action. How do you know who they are? They might be the person that asks for opinions on something then doesn’t let anyone else talk. That is not a good pattern and will lead to disaster if it isn’t nipped in the bud.
Or do you have someone that refers to others as worker bees? No one is a worker bee. Everyone is important and plays a vital role in your business. Similarly, no one is king or queen. Yes, you have leaders, but we are all human beings and no one is better than another so watch out for those who have or want to elevate themselves to a higher position of authority that you didn’t authorize.
Trust your own instincts. Trust your eyes and ears. Act fast. Build a strong circle of true believers around you and be quick to remove those who are not on board – completely – with you.
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