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25. The Cost of One Bad Team Member

By Patrick Lencioni - February 2020

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25. The Cost of One Bad Team Member

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Episode Summary

Can one bad apple really spoil the whole bunch? Pat and the team discuss the impact of even one team member who doesn't fit. Consulting corner is back! Pat answers listeners questions.

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Show Notes

1:00 — Cody Thompson sets up the podcast and why one bad apple can change the whole team

2:40  Patrick Lencioni asks, “Why do so many leaders tolerated someone’s bad behavior when they know they should address it?”

3:55 — Patrick Lencioni gives an example of one of his clients that kept around a bad apple too long

5:15 — Amy Hiett talks about the normal objections to directing a bad apple

5:49 — Patrick Lencioni’s personal experience keeping a bad apple on the team

7:58 — Patrick Lencioni uses the Boston Celtics as an example of keeping a bad apple and how it affected the entire team

11:05 — The first thing leaders need to do is confront the problem

12:00 — Cody Thompson asks Patrick Lencioni why leaders don’t address bad apples 

14:25 — The idea of losing good people as a result of the bad apples can motivate leaders

15:47 — Patrick Lencioni sheds light on the good side of letting bad apples go

16:35 — Amy Hiett asks Partick Lencioni and Cody Thompson how leaders can approach these hard conversations

17:41 — Cody Thompsons reads an excerpt from Chief Executive Magazine article that Patrck Lencioni wrote 

19:45  Leaders have to be willing to get rid of the bad apple because it is in the best interest of the team

19:55  One bad apple can truly spoil all the rest

21:20 — Tracy Noble joins the podcast to host Consulting corner and asks Patrick Lencioni and Cody Thompson questions from the listeners

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