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ATD-5: Managing the Prima Donna

Every once in a while, you'll end up with a team member who thinks they are special — you know who I'm talking about — the Prima Donna. This is the team member who thinks the scope and boundaries of the team and the team ground rules don't apply to them.

To survive as the team leader, you'll need to monitor and manage this team member. Prima Donna's have a tendency to do what they want, when they want, so you'll need to keep a close eye on deliverables and commitments.

What You Will Learn

  • The characteristics of a Prima Donna
  • What steps to take to ensure this employee doesn't destroy your team

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About Denise O'Berry

Denise O'Berry is President of The Small Business Edge Corp, a small business consulting firm. A small business owner since 1996, Denise understands the challenges facing small business. She's lived them herself and helped hundreds of clients work through the frustrations, fears, and joys of owning a small business. Denise is the author of Small Business Cash Flow: Strategies for Making Your Business a Financial Success, a practical guide about keeping the cash in your business - where it belongs. Find more resources and tips at deniseoberry.com and askteamdoc.com