Decide If You Are A Builder Or Climber
Decide If You Are A Builder Or Climber

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that personal goals and organizational aims are the same, but when they differ serious problems can result.

In his book Creating Passion-Driven Teams, Dan Bobinski distinguishes between Builders, those who work to build the organization, and Climbers, those who climb over everyone to get what they want.

He offers the following self-assessment. Someone who can truthfully answer yes to these 10 questions is a Builder.

  • Do you encourage and help other people work toward the same professional growth activities that you choose for yourself?
  • Do you sacrifice your time in the spotlight to train others to be better at what they do?
  • Do you ask for help on projects, and share the credit when the accolades come?

Do you truly enjoy giving a boost to someone’s self-esteem?

  • Do prioritize looking for ways to solve problems rather than looking for someone to blame?
  • When someone comes to you with a problem, do you listen more than talk?
  • Do you share new knowledge and information with those around you?
  • Do you look for ways to help others be better at what they do?
  • When things go wrong, do you take responsibility as quickly and to the same degree as you take credit when things go right?
  • When you do something for others, is it done without expectation of something in return?