SALT LAKE CITY — C.S. Lewis may have the best advice when it comes to building a good team player in your company, according to Patrick Lencioni, New York Times bestselling business author who spoke at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit on Thursday.
What happened: Lencioni spoke at Silicon Slopes during the opening session at the Salt Palace Convention Center, presenting three different traits needed to become a team player.
- Be humble — Have humility. Think about others.
- Be hungry — Don’t do the minimum.
- Be smart — Be emotionally intelligent to understand how you affect others.
C.S. Lewis: Lencioni quoted C.S. Lewis, who, he said, had the best quote when it comes to understanding humility. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”
Fact check: According to the C.S. Lewis Foundation, this quote is misattributed to Lewis. It actually comes from Rick Warren in “The Purpose Driven Life” or Rich Howard and Jamie Lash in “This Was Your LIfe! Preparing to Meet God Face to Face.”
Having one and not the other: Lencioni said having some of these traits, but not all of them, can be a problem.
- Lencioni: “If you’re missing one even egregiously, it’s a problem.”
Mess maker: He mentioned “the accidental mess maker,” who is humble and hungry and is similar to a puppy.
- Lencioni: “They knock things over. They poop on the carpet. You have to wake them with a newspaper on the nose.”
Loveable slacker: Someone who is smart and humble is a loveable slacker. They can bring teams down because they don’t have strong work ethic.
- Lencioni: “We tolerate hem because they’re so much fun to be around. They just leave early.”
Skillful politician: Someone who is smart and hungry can hide their lack of humility. They make their work important. But they present the face you want to see.
- “These people are really good at presenting the right face.”
How to find someone like this: Stop focusing on technical skills, according to Lencioni.
- Look into behavior and attitude.
- Conduct nontraditional interviews.
- Ask questions multiple times.
- Scare people with sincerity.
- All of these ideas can impact friendships, jobs and relationships.
Correction: This article previously attributed the humility quote to C.S. Lewis. It is actually from Rick Warren or Rich Howard and Jamie Lash, according to the C.S. Lewis Foundation.