2012 is almost gone, and my resolutions for 2013 are pretty short. So short I can sum them up in one sentence:
"To hell with the Zero Summers."
You know the Zero Summers. They are the individuals that think if you win, they lose. They believe there's a finite sum of good things that can happen in the world, and when one of them happens to you, that's one less that can happen to them. They believe for every gain there is a loss. For every winner, there's a loser.
Competing is fine. Being competitive isn't the primary issue with Zero Summers. The real issue is that zero summers withhold the following due to their world view. Zero Summers:
-Withhold praise and recognition
-Won't collaborate to save their *** because they're too worried about who is going to get the credit
-Won't work on ideas that have clearly been created by someone else for the same reason outlined above
-Are generally snake-like when it comes to anything related to teamwork. They actually bring team chemistry down because of the negative vibe they bring to the table. Did you hear that silence in the meeting? That's the team reacting to the selfish vibe that the Zero Summer put out there. The team's probably not even fully aware of who's putting off that vibe. That's how under the radar the Zero Summers can be.
So I've got some decisions to make about the Zero Summers related to my 2013 resolution. I can either just say I'm not going to work on things with Zero Summers, or I can go off the grid and decide that I'm going to try and call out Zero Sum behavior when I see it, with all the social and professional discomfort that goes with that choice. Not sure yet how far to take it. It impacts what I'm involved in away from work as much as it impacts my professional life.
Zero Summers - they're killing your ability to collaborate in your personal and professional life. They should get called out on it.
Happy Holidays! I know, I'm a ray of freaking sunshine. You thought that I was going to give you a resolution on writing a haiku once per week, and all the sudden I'm throwing red paint on someone in a meeting.
Good times. PS, there's a band called the Zero Summers. There's a cello and Green Day influences and they hail from Utah. Click here for the website, it's the only positive I've ever seen related Zero Summers in my life.