Choosing Change

Dan Pierce/ June 19, 2018/ Managing Change/ 0 comments

When adding a teammate, it is important to understand the impact of who you choose. If we stay away from the safe pick, we have to make sure the risks involved with the impact of the new addition are worth the ripple it will cause in the team dynamic. Going after a change agent comes with all

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The Safe Pick

Dan Pierce/ June 18, 2018/ Managing Change, Team Dynamics, Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Not all of us get to pick our teammates but when you do, it’s important not to fall into the trap of choosing the safe pick. The safe pick is the easy way out because you get the short-term benefit of the excitement of new without too much disruption to the status quo. The reality is that

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Heavy Gravity Days

Dan Pierce/ June 17, 2018/ Discipline/ 0 comments

Although I know that it is scientifically unlikely, the weights at the gym feel heavier on some days than others. My dad used to call these heavy gravity days. I have found that they don’t just happen at the gym. There are days that require extra effort to do what was easily done in another season. You

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Aversive

Dan Pierce/ June 16, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

My discipline is best measured by how well I accomplish the tasks that I don’t like. Anyone can knock the fun or easy things off the to-do list. It takes intention and extra effort to do what I hate with a smile and with excellence. This is part of being a great teammate. Doing the job well,

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The Slow Start

Dan Pierce/ June 15, 2018/ Inspiring Your Team/ 0 comments

I have found that the energy at the start of something is important. Good starts are important because falling behind can be so discouraging. It’s not that catching up is impossible but that it takes so much extra effort, intention, and discipline to stay motivated through the uphill battle that follows the slow start.

Complacency: The Beginning of the End

Dan Pierce/ June 14, 2018/ Compromise, Discipline/ 0 comments

Every great team stays great through the anticipation of required growth and adjustment. Even a perfect season warrants a look at what it will take to continue on a successful path. Complacency is the state of mind that if it isn’t broke (or broke enough), why fix it? This state of mind can also be described as

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An Experiment in Entropy

Dan Pierce/ June 13, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate, Discipline/ 0 comments

Things never accidentally improve. Entropy is a law of the universe and ensures that extra energy and intention is required to reverse the natural deterioration of things. Is this a fancy scientific analogy? Yes. However, I dare you to experiment with leaving things to chance versus intentional effort to move something towards a better outcome and see

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Attitude Over Knowledge

Dan Pierce/ June 12, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Who would you rather work with? A “know it all” or a helpful person that is willing to learn? It’s an easy answer and it proves that what makes a teammate “good” is more attitude than knowledge. The two are different but we tend to place a larger emphasis on knowing things than on the soft skills

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The Deal Breaker

Dan Pierce/ June 11, 2018/ Feedback, Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Every teammate has areas to grow and improve. People make mistakes. People experience learning curves. Since all of these facts are true of everyone, they shouldn’t be considered deal breakers. The deal breaker is when someone tries to deny these facts as true for them. When someone is foolish enough to believe that they have nothing to

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The Fool

Dan Pierce/ June 10, 2018/ Bad Teammates/ 0 comments

The word fool can seem like a harsh word but it is historically used to describe that stubborn person who refuses to see the reality of their destructive tendencies. The fool is their own worst enemy because they often get things the wrong way around. They mistake wisdom for luck and their foolishness as their virtue. A

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