Are you guilty of occasionally judging a book by its cover? By assuming the strangely dressed Gen Y admin is a slacker? Or figuring that the dowdy accountant lacks imagination? Or assuming that your uptight boss doesn't have a human side?
It's well worth remembering that all of us have hidden talents, and that allowing yourself to be cynical about your team can blind you to the treasures they might be able to offer.
If you need a reminder, or a few minutes of inspiration, watch Susan Boyle performing on Britain's Got Talent. I guarantee it'll make you see those around you in a whole new light.
CC Holland is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a number of national magazines. Online, she was a columnist for AnchorDesk.com and writes regularly for Law.com and BNET. On the other side of the journalism desk, she's been a managing editor for ZDNet, CNet, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where she earned an APTRA Best News Web Site award.