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Checking on Flexing


I spoke with an associate last week who was frustrated with the person they were dealing with.

“Their ego is too big”.

Don’t sweat it or take it personally.

There is a competitive aspect to business that is needed for survival.

And ego, can play a role in someone’s mentality for competitiveness.

But it’s also good to know that flexing the ego can be off-putting to others.

Especially on a team.

Here are some guidelines to consider.

Times When It Can Be Beneficial to Flex

* Selling and trying to win business v. the competition
* Promoting oneself for marketing purposes
* When purchasing so long as you don’t hurt your company’s position if strategic vendors walk
* Promoting an idea

Times When Flexing Can Be a Disadvantage

* Managers believe that they will fundamentally be able to change the core makeup of people
* When working closely with others on a team
* When one’s success is largely dependent upon the work of other team members

Times When it Will Lead to a Business Disaster, Prisoner of One’s Overconfidence

* Leveraging the business in a huge way, based on a person’s belief that a specific outcome is surely going to happen when in reality there is no guarantee of the desired outcome
* Making decisions not based on reality
* Creating difficulty for others because of unhappiness, which only hurts oneself

Big ego and a competitive posture …. or a small ego and a collaborative posture …. depends on the situation.

But if you’re not selling something, it’s best to error on the side of collaboration for the win.

32 degrees and snow today?????

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It’s not slowing us down.

Make it a great day everyone!!


SCN – Search Consulting Network


Jim Guerrera

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Jim Guerrera

Jim Guerrera, Managing Director, founded SCN in 2000. Jim is primarily responsible for the development of the leaders at SCN, strategic planning, the hiring and development of company associates, culture leadership, core value leadership, sales le...

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