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Everyone has worked with Negative Nellie and Cantankerous Craig and seen how they can poison the waters of progress with their hater-aide. We have watched their less than inspiring attitude spread like a cancer through what was once an optimistic and forward moving team. As managers and fellow peers it is easy to identify the Nellies and Craigs and see the impact they have on our success. There is however another team mate that can chip away at the achievement of a team. Sometimes, Super Steve and Amazing Audrey and the egos of these all stars can be as damaging as the negative influence of a cancerous pessimist. Super stars are often over looked as the source of stagnation or decline in production of the team because they themselves are producers.
Super stars do not belong on pedestals. All it takes is a little career rough housing and pedestals wobble and things fall off. When a super star falls, it is not only devastating to the super star; it also creates instability for the rest of the team. Need proof? Just look at the number of professional athletes that have fallen off their preverbal pedestal and the affect it had on their team and fan base.
Every team has a super star but not all super stars benefit the team. Coaching a super star is just as important as motivating and bring along your under achievers. Just because a super star has talent does not mean you can just turn them loose and forget about it. Often the ego of free range super star will come to wear on the morale of the entire team and create a space for forward momentum to slow and even halt. There is a fine line between a super star that is really a champion and a prima donna.
Encourage the whole team, including your super star, to always be seeking opportunities for personal and professional growth. Assert often that perfection is not something to achieve, it is something to always be aspiring to. Keep moving the expectation and achievement bar with a super star and level the playing field for the whole team. Praise a super star softly. Build their character and not their ego with fanfare. When the ego of a super star begins to wear on the morale of the team, remind the group that it takes the efforts of the entire team to win. One single player, even the super star, is not a stand alone winning machine. An ounce of prevention is swifter than inoculating the whole team with a large dose of recovery and rebuilding.
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