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17 2012

Contrarian or Team Player – Which are You??

Syndicated from: Business in Motion: Insights from Business Leaders

Why We Need Contrarians in The Workplace This article by Barbara Moses published in the Globe and Mail suggests that contrarians are valuable additions to every workplace team - whether they are appreciated or not.But is a contrarian really appreciated by a group of team players? Are the two labels polar opposites, or is one a different shade of the other?I agree with the position of the article that the concept of being a team player has been over hyped. I think to the point of blind obedience. In my experience good team players:Go along with the rest of the groupAre unwilling to offend othersDo not place a high value on their own timeAre willing to sacrifice results for group harmonyAvoid embarrassmentIn my experience contrarians:See things differentlyAsk bold and challenging questionsAre willing to take a postitionAre willing to oppose the groupAccept that they will make mistakes  George Torok Host of Business in Motion Business Speaker Listen to Business in Motion audio PodCasts On iTunes Business in Motion on Facebook a2a_linkname="Business in Motion";a2a_linkurl="";Business in Motion Weekly radio show Host: George Torok

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