Actively choosing quality members for your "A Team", "B Team" and all other teams is critical. Picking a team member who is only their to get a pay check, to socialize or to even just watch. Will eventually cause you to lose your star players or star employees. If you the overall leader fail to take the necessary action and coach/manager your team. As the team coach it is your responsibility to be the lead cheer leader, psychologist and disciplinarian. Sometimes even taxi driver if need be.
In the professional environment the decline you can only watch, will be tied to your profit/loss sheet immediately. There is nothing you can do. Unless you take immediate action right now. But, typically you the coach/manager will need to be transferred or just let go. Your bosses will need to hire a temporary strong person to weed out the dead weight. While you will need to have that secret conversation with your stars so that they themselves don't walk freely out your door to profit your competition. The head hunters will be circling just like those great black birds just waiting for that right kind of dead smell to emanate from your place.
The worse kind of loss is when your stars become so demoralized that you just have to let them go. You can thank your former coach/manager for that great loss. Then blame yourself for not acting objectively on the facts at hand and for not listening to your stars while favoring the coach/manager.
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