In episode 13 of “Yates in Your Face” (#YIYF), Greg Yates talks about the devastating effects of a team divided.

Does your team ever experience “infighting?” Have you ever spent and entire morning or, worse, an entire day dealing with issues among your team members?

You must eradicate the sickness that is causing your team’s energy to be drained. Each unit of energy you allow your team to spend on the issues dividing them is one unit less that can be used towards your company’s goals. Your team’s mission has been forgotten.

If you want your team to become unified and live up to the results you know they are capable of, Episode 13 of “Yates in Your Face” will give you the mental fuel you need to get to work and get your team working together again.


Recently, I was “informed” that from a psychological point of view, every team needs a reject. Someone on the team who is unaccepted by the others. The rest of the team unites against them to achieve cohesion.

The reject gives them a common perspective, apparently. The point being made was that a team NEEDS a reject and that getting rid of the reject is pointless because the team will simply need another reject.

That may be what happens in weak teams with poor leadership. But, if that’s your plan, then on my team you’re the reject.

I get tired of this helpless framework of leadership that will buy-in to whatever latest theory makes them feel better about their leadership failure.

That’s the thing we should be rejecting. Jesus himself said, “A house divided against itself will fall.”

What happens when energy that should be directed outward, toward traction, toward the mission gets directed inward? We call that cancer. But, the cells being attacked aren’t the cancer… it’s the cells doing the attacking! Once again, we’ve got it backwards.

Great leadership and great teams function with a great immune system. They are aware of what healthy cells look like and they continue to reproduce and grow them. They transport nutrients and oxygen and circulate health to the body so it can perform great tasks with great purpose, for which it was intended.

When the body is forced to spend its time defending attacks from within, the real mission is forgotten.

Survival is NOT ENOUGH.

There are enemies out there, common enemies. Don’t waste your resources on friendly fire.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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