Be Low maintenance

The speaker at the Bartow Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast was Brett Trapp. Brett’s a friend of mine. We met as volunteers for the college fraternity to which we belong.

Brett has had a career helping to build a fundraising business for elementary schools. He was the third employee. As the year closed, the company reached $40 million in revenues and had 500 employees.

Most all of these employees are 30 years old and younger. He has keen insights about the best practices successful millennials use to get ahead.

One of his exhortations was “be low maintenance.”

I immediately nodded with the elegance of that advice.

I don’t worry about teammates who show up.

I don’t worry about teammates who create harmony.

I don’t worry about teammates who honor their commitments.

I don’t worry about teammates who speak up with constructive ideas and who solve problems without being asked.

All those things are low maintenance. You probably can add to the list.

“Managers love low maintenance teammates,” Brett said. “They love to promote them. They love to give them raises. They love to assign them greater responsibilities.”

How much maintenance do you require? Can you change that for better?