Sorry Manning lovers, Peyton Manning is not the greatest quarterback of all-time. As a football fan, I’m tired of hearing announcers, fans, and players drool over how “great” he is and how he seems to be “the best of all time.” There have been better performers out there who can win the big game more regularly when it matters, and it almost appears that some of the people fawning over him have made him out to be better than he actually is.
I’m sure Manning is a nice guy; he seems to keep out of trouble, he gives back to his community, and he represents the NFL as a pretty stand up guy. Of late, he even has grown up and has taken the blame for his teams woes (something he rarely did in the past, often blaming his teammates for losses).
How in the world does this relate to HR? Well, when you put too much faith in one player to carry your team, the team suffers. With no running game, a weak offensive line, and Peyton’s increased propensity for throwing an interception, the team is starting to show wear.
On your team, you may have one star performer you rely to heavily on, instead of making the rest of your team live up to the same standards. As well, you may have depended on this person so much that you’ve allowed others in your organization to thrive in an environment with little effort, talent, or productivity.
Take a hard look at your organization, especially during peak season. Look at the dynamics of your team, and see if there is a Peyton Manning on your team that you fawn over too much, and see what you can do to ensure that this person either has support, or that other people are equally recognized for their contributions to the efforts.