Don't Let The Bad Apples Spoil The Bunch

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Bad AppleIn real estate offices across the land and in companies, and organizations and all sorts of teams and even family relationships, you are eventually going to have to confront the bad apples in the mix. Work hard and

Don't Let The Bad Apples Spoil The Bunch.

In nature, in a barrel of good apples, with just ONE rotting apple seated up against the bunch too close, the poisonous effects of that tainted apple will affect the others making them go sour.

So as simple a concept that keeping the bad apple away is, keep these things in mind:

1. What is a bad apple? Anyone that creates a toxic relationship to another or to the team unit. Negativity, poor work habits, lack of discipline, being excessively loud and not listening, superiority attitudes, people who want to UNDERMINE the efforts of others...

2. How do you keep the stench from rotting the cores of the good team? First recognize the bad apples. Then, DISTANCE yourself from them best you can. Even isolate them with other duties from the core team. If you are in a hiring position, get them to improve or get rid of them. They are a drag on your energy and your productivity.

3. Finally, reward good behavior. Behavior in many instances follows rewards, money, appreciation, and accolades. The rotten to the core people will change or leave if they are not getting their warm fuzzies. No bending of the rules or exceptions for the bad apple. Consistency in the rules of the game are critical for all members of a team.

In the end you are creating an environment of appreciation, high productivity, and goodwill for a job well done. Bad apples CANNOT thrive when the bunch is so solidly flavorful.


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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Good Apples: Lakers.....trophy and parade
Bad Apples: Celtics.....GO HOME

Sorry....only one thing on my mind today.

Jun 17, 2010 05:18 AM #51
Eric Anderson
Prudential PenFed Realty (Fayetteville) - Fayetteville, NC
Fort Bragg Military Relocation Services, Fayetteville, NC Realtor

Great post! Separating negativity can alleviate a lot of problems.

Jun 17, 2010 05:21 AM #52
Jim Pirkle
Harvest Realty LLC - Dahlonega, GA

I strive to have an office of oranges.

Jun 17, 2010 07:22 AM #53
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I love all these comments from the good apples here (good banana for you Karen Anne smile). Thanks for all your thoughtfulness on this subject and stay flavorful out there. Some days it is not easy...

Jun 17, 2010 07:23 AM #54
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

When you focus on your own delivery of quality and quantity for your clients and prospects the lack of good support from others has less meaning.  Bad apples abound and even good apples can go rotten in a toxic atmosphere as you mention, but I think that being singlely minded in your focus to delivery great results each and every day, then you can be one of the good apples for all you come in contact with.

Jun 17, 2010 07:43 AM #55
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Attitude is really important.  I think sometimes people who need to move on, not because the are bad people but because they have outgrown the position, can create bad attitudes because they are scared to move so they create fiction.  Managers can also create friction by not realizing that they need to encourage people to grow away from them.

Jun 17, 2010 07:48 AM #56
Cindy Abel
Southern Nevada Realty, LLC - Las Vegas, NV
Broker/Owner - Las Vegas Homes and Real Estate

Still, the bad apples give everyone something to talk about.  LOL!


Jun 17, 2010 12:33 PM #57
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Excellent thoughts as always.

Jun 17, 2010 12:48 PM #58
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

We are what we think, but to a large degree we're also who we associate with, so filtering out the bad apples is a good thing.

Jun 17, 2010 02:02 PM #59
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

We are what we think, but to a large degree we're also who we associate with, so filtering out the bad apples is a good thing.

Jun 17, 2010 02:02 PM #60
Cathleen DeLoach
Long and Foster - Washington, DC

This post is quite timely!  I'm sure we are all aware of bad apples!

Jun 18, 2010 02:07 AM #61
Derenda Grubb
CENTURY 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA

Gary, Great post.  I love MY HOME OFFICE.  Resolves many issues.  I have little tolerance for the self appointed office"Trollers" who spend most of their time surveying the office for potential gossip they can deliver to the Broker or Administrative staff to feather their position.  I find them petty and demeaning to others for their own benefit.  I never understood why Administrations could not see through such fake, destructive behavior. 

Jun 18, 2010 06:47 PM #62
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Hey Gary, I know a few bad apples and the problem is that they DON"T know they are bad apples.  They can't even smell their own stench. They might be aware that others distance themselves but have no clue why and blame it on the human nature of others or society in general. How sad is that? The way people treat one another is usually reflective of how they are treated. My mother always told me when I was young that if I have a problem with one person it's okay, but if I have a problem with many people then I should ask myself if it's ME.

Jun 19, 2010 06:28 AM #63
Anne Clark
Metro Referrals - Gainesville, VA

What a great post.  There certainly are a bunch of bad apples in our local real estate market.  It sometimes feels like an uphill battle dealing with them.

Jun 19, 2010 01:28 PM #64
Kristin Johnston - REALTORĀ®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Gary, wow!  My finger hurts just from scrolling down the comments on your post!  So many great points, but your post was the most well written, eloquent post I have seen in some time.  great job!

Jun 20, 2010 02:52 AM #65
Noah Levy
Coldwell Banker - Highland Park, IL
Coldwell Banker Highland Park IL

What a well spoken blog- wow!!! So true too - I try to stay away from the bad apples but at the end of the day we sometimes have to work with the bad apples and it's a gr8 feeling if the deal does come together.

Jun 20, 2010 10:44 AM #66
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


It's generally rather easy to spot bad apples but many, supervisors and co-workers and others, lack the skills and courage to deal with them effectively.  

Jun 20, 2010 12:03 PM #67
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

You know Gary...

I think we'd all really like Carol's Mother. It's very rare that people look inside themselves for the problem. It's so much easier to blame the rest of the world. Accountability is a mystery to so many. It ain't rocket science, now is it? :) 


Jun 20, 2010 01:00 PM #68
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

I hear you loud and clear Gary. I try to avoid these type of people/situations all together!

Jun 22, 2010 01:22 AM #69
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Such an important post...thank you, Gary.    Your third point is the key to it all.

Jun 22, 2010 04:51 AM #70
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