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The Ideal Team Player by Patrick M. Lencioni

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The Ideal Team Player Model

The model on the following page depicts the intersections between humble, hungry, and smart, with the central overlapping piece representing the combined qualities of an ideal team player. That is not to imply that a person in that middle section will be consistently perfect in all of these virtues, or in any one of them, for that matter. No one is perfect. Even a person who is humble, hungry, and smart occasionally has a bad day, or a bad week, or even a bad time in their life. These are not permanent characteristics embedded in a person's DNA; rather, they are developed and maintained through life experiences and personal choices at home and at work.

When team members are adequately strong in each of these areas—when ...

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