Black sheep or who should leave a team immediately
I’m too old for this shit… But it’s not about the physical shape. This thought came to me not at gym during the last set of deadlift, it came to me during an exhausting, but unsuccessful surfing through the numerous movie websites.
It’s sad to admit, but it has become soul-crushingly hard to find a movie I would actually liked. No, I’m not picky critic, I’m not looking for world cinema masterpieces. But as for me a film has to be expensive and high quality.
Sheep’s revolt against humanity.
I don’t like independent films, despite the various famous actors starring in them. And even more I don’t like cheap, unpretentious and meaningless films. Though, the one of them did inspired me to write this article. Well, not actually inspired, ‘cause it hardly can inspire someone to do something useful. But the film provided me with the idea that eventually grew into this article.
I won’t lie, I didn’t dare to watch that movie. It was enough for me to read the brief plot description and looked at some screen-shots.
So, the main idea of the movie was that one dude decided to bring a new breed of sheep… But as usual in such kind of movies something went horribly wrong and as the result one of the peaceful animal becomes demonic bloodthirsty beast whose bite makes other sheep aggressive and violent. And all this ends up with the sheep’s revolt against humanity. Really, sheep’s revolt against humanity.
I wasn’t watching movies that night. I had this thought about the black sheep stuck in my head. And although this movie was about black sheep literally, yet there are actually a lot of those sheep among us, people. We can see them all around us, walking on the streets, sitting in the offices and project teams particularly. So, while it’s not too late you have to locate and get rid of the sheep as soon as possible. And for those project managers who can’t do this, who are willing to give them the third, the fifth, the n-th chance I will list a few arguments. So,
5 arguments proving that black sheep should leave a team immediately:
- Sometimes even an experienced project manager behaves like a woman who, for some reasons, believes that a good wife can make husband a better man.
There is probably no need to say what happens with such marriages. Yes, sure, compromises are possible, but the black sheep will never be obedient. It may become less lousy, but only for a while. Indeed, if the person still hasn’t tried to change something, it will stay so in the future.
- Project manager ignores what others are saying about the black sheep.
Do not judge people by the rumours, ‘cause gossips are ignoble. It’s right thing to believe in, but will the truth be different? Slim chances…
- Project manager ignores what the black sheep is saying about others.
If its previous project manager is narrow-minded, colleagues are idiots and customers – greedy stupid dinosaurs, you should seriously think about excluding this person from the team. Because today – you are cool guy and your team is the best, but tomorrow all of you will be narrow-minded stupid idiots who didn’t give a chance to the sheep to reveal itself.
- Sometimes project manager is trying so hard to put the black sheep on the right path that he forgets about the rest of the team.
Sure, helping the needy is noble. But spending all the time and effort for a hope to fix one bad person is stupid. Because sad moment may come one day and this person will remain the only in your surroundings.
- Project manager is too patient.
Naturally, project manager knows a lot about compromises, he distinguishes important things from insignificant. And as the result, the black sheep gets the second, the third, and then the n-th chance. However, the negativity and problems just accumulate and all this escalates into an unhealthy atmosphere that eventually becomes permanently damaging to the team. There are no third chances!
And last thing, don’t get fooled by sweet talk! Actions can’t be fixed with words. If you decided to give the black sheep a second chance anyway – let it prove it with the concrete actions, not with sweet empty promises.