I don’t know how much time Mark Stelzner’s blog post about bad apples stayed on the front page here, but it wasn’t long enough. I like two things about it: it addresses the impact a single maladjusted individual can have on group performance, and it invites readers to take a look at how their own behavior in group contexts may be counterproductive. I raise my building pass and lanyard in praise.
Maladjusted individuals aren’t always bad, of course. Take a look at yesterday’s Urban Dictionary Word of the Day to see what I mean – positive traits like charisma and persuasive power can get a group all fired up – to do something dumb. It’s not only the bad performers whose powers get used for evil instead of good.