Speaking recently to a roomful of corporate executives, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts answered a question about team chemistry by asking everybody to close their eyes.
Imagine your most difficult co-worker, Ricketts instructed the group. Now think of spending more time with that person than your family for the next six months, in board rooms and locker rooms, during meetings and meals, on airplanes and at hotels. Consider having to collaborate with that individual on the job in pressure situations under heavy public scrutiny.
Ricketts then wondered aloud: Would working closely with somebody so incompatible affect your professional performance?
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