Last night in the pub I was introduced to the term ‘corncob’, a label apparently used in some software development circles for a disruptive team member. I’d love to know how on earth that particular word was chosen.
I rather dislike this tendency to put people into boxes, as the next obvious step is to write the person off, but I guess giving these stereotypes a name at least gives you a framework for discussing them and starting to figure out what is driving their dysfunctional behaviour.
Plus we can all recognise a little bit of them in ourselves, and our fellow team-mates. Anyone else lucky enough to have a bit of an EXTRA TERRESTRIAL on their team? (Hi Brett!)