You Want Your Team To Win? Start With Vitamin C

In Jon Gordon and Mike Smith’s book, You Win in the Locker Room First, one of their 7C’s to build a winning team is being contagious.

How many things in the workplace are more contagious than emotions?

I presume the list is very short.

Which prompts for another question: Which team is more likely to win, the one that sees opportunity in everything or the one that sees the problem in everything?

One is positive; the other, negative.

Thus, as you walk through the office door tomorrow, are you going to be Vitamin C or a germ?

In the book, Jon and Mike share several items we need to be contagious about in order to build a winning team. But there’s one statement that caught my attention and, I think, summarizes the chapter. Think of it as the “Weed & Feed” method:

To build a positively contagious team you must not only feed the positive with a positive vision, belief, and attitude but you must also weed the negative from your team. – Jon Gordon

We need to feed the positive behaviors and also weed out the energy vampires.

My biggest challenge with the weed and feed method is assuming that if I ignore the weeds and focus only on positive solutions, that the negativity will go away. When in fact, it makes it even worse because everyone start wondering why is no one doing anything about it.

I’ll leave you a with few questions.

  • What behaviors make you a big dose of vitamin C?
  • What behaviors are making you a germ?
  • What are you going to do about it?

If you’d like to find out more about this book by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith, visit

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