A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Would You Bet on You?

“Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of import—it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge.”

David Mamet


I am reading a book on the game of poker.  I don’t play poker, nor do I care to learn how to play poker, but I am reading the book nonetheless.  I find these types of books interesting provided I can draw inferences into things affecting employment and leadership.

Poker, apparently, is a game that requires objectivity, determination, and focus.  In addition, it requires the player to self-evaluate and continually improve his/her weaknesses.

As luck would have it, being a great team member also requires objectivity, determination and focus. Furthermore, great team members often look in the mirror and are committed to self-improvement.


Want to be an excellent team member?  


  • Recognize when others have done well – give them credit for it as opposed to calling them “lucky.”
  • Don’t try to win at every transaction, every step in the process, every project.  Instead, look at your value as a whole.Slide1
  • Don’t feel the need to offer advice just because you have it; likewise, if someone has asked for advice, share it humbly and sincerely.
  • Don’t feel like a failure just because of a mistake or setback.  Instead, catalog the elements of the issue for reflection and “learning” later.
  • Don’t think you know it all or you are better just because of your education or seniority.  (Many people have more knowledge, experience or talent than you and deserve respect accordingly.)
  • Don’t play the victim; be accountable for your actions and accept the actions of others.
  • Don’t get greedy.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Don’t brag.
  • Don’t make promises you can’t keep.
  • Don’t get complacent.
  • Don’t take things too personally; likewise, don’t make things too personal for others.

Doesn’t sound too hard, does it?

If you were placing bets on team success, would you bet on you?



AccountabilityEmployee EngagementEmployee RelationsHappinessHuman ResourcesPerformancePerformance ManagementProfessionalismRecognitionRetentionTeamworkValueWorkforce Satisfaction

Heather Kinzie • February 26, 2014

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