A Great Teammate Is a Great Listener

According to the New York Times writer, Adam Bryant, sports do not stop before adulthood, they continue onto the business world. The article consisted of an interview between John W. Rogers, chief executive and chief investment officer, with Ariel Investments and the writer, Adam Bryant. Adam started off the interview by asking Rogers what sports he was involved in. Rogers replied that he was Team Captain of Princeton Basketball Team and was a vendor and Cubs and White Sox parks. He then went on to ask Rogers what lessons he learned playing basketball and Rogers replied by telling his story. He said he was not the best by far and the only reason the coach kept him on the team was because he worked so hard. Rogers explained that his coach taught him two things: teamwork and caring about your teammates and precision, and those two things changed his life. Later in the article Adam went on to ask Rogers how his leadership is today. Rogers replied by explaining how critical it is to remind people that you do want their opinion and that you are really listening. Also, letting them know how much you hear them and respect their opinion. Rogers states, “If you’re going to be an ultimate teammate, you’ve got to be a great listener.” The article then goes into the hiring process and what Rogers specifically does in regards to that. Rogers states that they look for independent thinkers. Those who are comfortable standing alone and have their own point of view. Another thing they look for as a company is teamwork. Someone who likes to see other succeed. A way to sense this is if someone needs to be the center of attention the entire time. The last thing they look for is someone who will work hard and genuinely love their job. At the end of the article, Rogers gives advice to soon to be college grads. One piece of advice he gives is to work hard form Day 1. Show your boos you are willing to go the extra mile. Another piece of advice is to look for ways to help your teammates and live up to your commitments. Be that rare person where people know your word is your bond and you are going to do exactly what you say. 


There are many takeaways that come from this article. One takeaway is the fact that Rogers stems his success back to sports and his experiences. He talks about how Priceton basketball changed his life and conducts a business model for his company around the team motto which is, teamwork. Another takeaway form the article is that Rogers looks for teamwork qualities during an interview process. Even though you cannot very much exemplify this, he looks for certain things that portray team work or not. The last takeaway is the advice for college graduates. Rogers knows first hand what he wants out of his employees and is laying it out for everyone to see to be successful in their work. 

One of the greatest articles I have ever read. 


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