I was listening to a podcast where the host, a former NFL quarterback, Chris Simms, spoke about good teammates and the others. The others included the backup quarterbacks who would lobby for his job, saying things like, “I could have made that throw,” or “How did he miss that coverage? I spotted it. Why didn’t he?”

No one likes that person. They want to see the performance on the field (in the office), rather than the constant sniping.

Although their may be theaters named after critics, no society ever has erected a statue to one. Being the office gadfly just causes people to defend the status quo, rather that affect change. Usually, that defense causes them to get rid of the complainer, not the lead person.

Constant complainers are seen as jerks rather than people contributing to the success. Usually that is because they lack the credibility to be a complainer. Once someone earns status and respect, they have earned the privilege of becoming a complainer.


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2019



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest

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