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Entrepreneurs build committed teams

  • By Alan Knott-Craig
  • August 31, 2015

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The committed player takes calls at all hours, and always returns them ASAP.

The uncommitted player only takes calls when it suits him and never returns calls.


The committed player sees no task as beneath his station. If sweeping the stoep helps the team, he sweeps the stoep.

The uncommitted player only does tasks that befit his station. Sweeping the stoep is not his job, so he won’t sweep the stoep no matter how important it is for the team.


The committed player listens before talking.

The uncommitted player waits for opportunities to talk.


The committed player makes unpopular decisions and takes accountability.

The uncommitted player always waits for consensus and passes the buck.


The committed player makes sure everything is exactly right, even if no one is watching.

The uncommitted player only pays attention to detail when he/she thinks people are watching.


The committed player is too busy working hard to pretend he’s working hard.

The uncommitted player spends his time trying to look like he’s working hard.


The committed player will look out for his teammates and help them when they need it.

The uncommitted player will only look after himself.


Committed player is always punctual, professional and friendly.

Uncommitted player is always tardy and unpleasant towards colleagues and guests.


The committed player has a good attitude and work ethic at all times. When the task is not usually theirs to do they do it and do it well for the good of the team.

The uncommitted player slacks on tasks they consider not to be theirs and poisons the team morale by complaining about having to work hard.


The committed player takes ownership of an issue until the issue is resolved.

The uncommitted player passes the buck to get the issue off their plate as soon as possible.


The committed player is committed in all life’s undertakings, being his/her relationship, kids, hobbies, sport or any other undertaking.

The uncommitted player is committed only when it suits him/her to be committed.


The committed player works at keeping promises made.

The uncommitted player breaks promises when they require too much effort to keep.


The committed player will do.

The uncommitted player will try.


The committed player is deadline driven.  He/ She takes initiative and complete tasks on time and to the best of their ability.

The uncommitted player waits till the last minute and needs someone to remind them of what needs to get done.


The committed player does what needs to be done irrespective of what it is and what time it is.

The uncommitted player does what he is employed to do, nothing more and this is usually an effort.


The committed player always asks himself, “Is this decision the best for the company?”

The uncommitted player always asks him, “Is this decision the best for me?”


The committed player will ask clients if they are happy and anything else needed etc.

The uncommitted would rather deal with an issue if someone complains.


The committed player takes responsibility and strives to find answers and solutions.

The uncommitted player blames others when things go wrong and sees obstacles rather than solutions.


The committed player is positive about life and work.

The uncommitted player moans and groans about life and work.


The committed player uses family as motivation to excel at work and build a future.

The uncommitted player uses family as an excuse not to get work done.


The committed player takes only as much sick leave as needed to recover and be healthy.

The uncommitted player thinks sick leave is just another way to take time off work and uses it without considering the impact absenteeism has on the team.


“When we make progress quickly, it feeds our emotions. Then, when there’s a period of waiting or we hit a plateau, we find out how committed we really are and whether we’re going to see things through to the finish or quit.” – Joyce Meyer

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