All teams have pukers.
You know the people who just throw up all over everything? These are the people who have decided that they can’t win or don’t care if they do, so they spew on everyone and everything else. Yes, I realize that this is a graphic and uncomfortable term for many but the truth is, pukers undermine teams.
Some people live in worlds of pukers. Maybe they experienced it at home where a parent said things like, “You can’t get on that team,”You’re no good at that,” or “Why are you trying?” Others are exposed to them at work.
Pukers take the possibilities out of teams.
They suck the energy out of teams and individuals and limit their potential. Pukers live small. Their attitudes are just reflections of their lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. They hold others back so they don’t get left behind instead of using their own gifts to contribute or help drive the team to its potential.
These fear-based souls are death to a team as they look to undermine individuals and possibilities. They hate puking alone and tend to find other people (weak souls) to puke with. These people do not “just come around” as so many managers wish and dream for. They are detrimental to the health of an organization.
Pukers require direct coaching. If you cannot redirect their energy through communication and collaboration, then you must cut them from the team. A lot of times, pukers are also performers and performing pukers are the most dangerous kind.
The Performing Puker tends to be easier to keep around than others as they contribute to some results you pursue. Maybe they hit a home run. Perhaps they sell lots of tickets or have relationships with important people in management. Do not be fooled! They can and will damage your team far more than they contribute.
These naysayers will undermine the energy and confidence of your team. They will stop or slow the creative thinking, confidence and camaraderie. Other top performers may consider leaving the team (free-agent status) or may no longer be top performers. Then you risk trading (firing) the wrong people.
Pukers on a team make the team work harder at the easy things, leaving the team with less energy for the harder things. They deplete the team’s energy.
A puker is different from a person who cares about the organization.
That player offers ideas, solutions and possibilities that will make the team better or smarter. Pukers hate change and yet complain endlessly about the current situation. They offer only self-driven solutions and don’t die without a fight.
All teams have pukers. If you don’t get rid of them, know one thing…they will ultimately kill your potential.