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The Price of Toxic Talent: What We Can Learn From the Antonio Brown Saga

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Are you following the recent NFL drama starring ex-Oakland Raiders wide receiver and current New England Patriot Antonio Brown? It started with Brown’s refusal to comply with new helmet regulations, but it quickly devolved into a spectacle involving his recording of a private conversation with the Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, a threat against the general manager, his subsequent release from the Raiders and near-immediate pick-up by the Patriots. Then came allegations of sexual misconduct, theft and multiple domestic incidents, followed by attendant talk of a possible NFL suspension.

It may seem unlikely, but there is much to learn in Brown's trials for business leaders who want to avoid the stress and cost of toxic team members.

It’s no surprise that the Raiders signed Brown after he left the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this year. The guy is good. But when raw talent runs afoul of corporate culture, that talent loses its value. Team members must be talented and aligned with your culture. Coach talented team members whose behaviors are not in sync with those of the organization, and if the coaching doesn’t work, fire the employee without hesitation. Talent is replaceable.

Even weighed against achievement, a bratty, bullying or non-compliant employee........

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