The Ideal Team Player - Part 3: How to keep your team Hungry

March 28, 2017

It’s hard for me to think about someone being hungry without visualizing Cookie Monster chomping down on a big chocolate chip cookie. Cookie Monster's passion to find and eat the biggest and best cookies of all time drives him to keep going.

To be honest, I’m pretty sure finding the biggest and best cookies of all time keeps me going too!

Just like Cookie Monster, “hungry people are always looking for more” (Lencioni, p.159). Hungry people are those in an organization that are self-motivated and simply get stuff done. Hungry people are very driven and sometimes need to be reminded to engage other team members in the process of completing a project.

While defining hunger is important, I think the most important question to ask is what drives hunger?

In a recent team conversation, Evan McBroom (Chief Culture Officer at Fishhook) remarked that “passion drives hunger.” Most people are hungry to be involved in tasks that push forward projects they are passionate about. They do whatever it takes to get the job done.

If you are struggling with hunger, perhaps take a self-assessment to determine your passions. At Fishhook, we understand and believe that everyone is wired differently and everyone is unique. We've found that completing the Clifton StrengthsFinder and Myers-Briggs assessments are great starting points for determining your strengths and what drives you.

If you lead a team of people who are struggling with hunger, reigniting passion in your team for your mission or project will help renew hunger to move the organization forward. Facilitating a one-day offsite retreat with your team is a great way to get started. It’s important to listen to the team as much as it is to talk with them. Look for potential vision-creep and how to help rekindle the team’s dedication for the mission.

Hunger is one of the most important virtues of an Ideal Team Player. The great news is that hunger can often be developed while excitement for the mission of the organization or project increases. Maintaining this momentum will intentionally feed a spirit which will lead your team members to be hungry. 

Now, where's my cookie?

Joshua Delph

Supporter. Trainer. Code Writer. Creative Arts Pastor Turned Designer. Husband. Protective Dad of Teenage Daughter. Avid Grass Cutter. Living in the Freedom He Provides.