Tammy J. Bond - Duck and Cover

Episode #011 Host: Tammy J. Bond

Some people are coasters, and do the bare minimum. These people are in duck and cover mode. In today’s episode of Playing In The Sandbox, I’ll be discussing how you can address duck and coverers if you are one, or one is on your team.

Operating in duck and cover mode is a HUGE bane for not only your work performance, but your mental wellbeing. You’re NOT achieving the maximum results you could be. So what do we do, once we know we’re in duck and cover mode?

  1. If you notice someone is in duck and cover mode, you HAVE to confront it. If you don’t actively address it, you’re allowing this anti-productive behavior to continue.
  2. Get to know the person who’s in duck and cover mode. Try and learn whatever is CAUSING them to be in this mode. It may be issues back at home or personal issues. But understand these issues so you can work to correct them, and by extension the duck and cover behavior.
  3. If you DON’T have this talk, you’re just allowing the behavior to continue. Whatever you tolerate, you allow it to continue. Have talks with people who are in duck and cover mode, address whatever issues they’re facing, and work to fix said issues.

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