Gratitude and Attitude

Dan Pierce/ March 19, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Great teams understand that hard work and effort can be a grind. It can get boring and exhausting. It can take away our free time and our family time. There are a lot of things that I have to do in my day as an adult but I have learned that most of those “have to” tasks

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Why are we here?

Dan Pierce/ March 18, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Why does team exist? Does it exist so that everyone agrees? Does it exist so that everyone feels good about the task at hand? Does it exist for everyone to have fun and get along? No. The team exists to accomplish something more than anyone could on their own. So let’s close the conversations that center around

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Leading Past the Obstacles

Dan Pierce/ March 17, 2018/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Leaders must lead people past obstacles like hurt feelings, fear, and an affection for the status quo. Leaders who struggle with being the bad guy or asking too much of people are not likely leading. They are really just the team manager of ego and sentiment. Leaders should consider that there will come a day when they

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No Apology

Dan Pierce/ March 16, 2018/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Teams that embrace a culture of high challenge achieve more than those that apologize for hurt feelings or big asks. If a leader has to walk on eggshells to get people to consider doing more, then the leader has recruited poorly. Teams that embrace a challenge can only do so under two conditions. The leader must be

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Fear Driven

Dan Pierce/ March 15, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Fear is an important emotion that keeps us safe. People that are motivated by fear make decisions that are less risky. It is good to identify the people on the team that are driven by fear. They will put the brakes on overly risky ideas and help the team count the cost. However, fear has its time

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Dan Pierce/ March 14, 2018/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Team decisions are difficult to make because every group of individuals comes with diverse backgrounds and diverse experiences that cause  diverse pathways to making decisions. Understanding the cause of the way others think can help gain a perspective outside of the usual way we arrive at decisions. What seems obvious for someone may not be so obvious

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Lazy Inspiration

Dan Pierce/ March 13, 2018/ Inspiring Your Team/ 0 comments

One bad experience with a customer doesn’t define the experience of everyone else. The lazy leader may see one bad experience or report as confirmation of what he already believes and use the singular story to change everything he doesn’t like. Positive change doesn’t require a catastrophe to justify it. It does take the hard work to

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Wanting Less Than Best

Dan Pierce/ March 12, 2018/ Bad Teammates/ 0 comments

Wanting something is as basic a human experience as you can get. When we were babies, we wanted to be fed at all hours of the night. Not best for our parents, but we cried when that want wasn’t met. Good parents shape that behavior out of us by saying no to our wants so that we

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Happy Hypothesis

Dan Pierce/ March 11, 2018/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

What do I want to believe? Is it possible that it’s not true? Of course it is. I must work to prove my happy hypothesis wrong if I am going to consistently make good decisions for the benefit of the team. Wanting something doesn’t make the details fall into place. Wanting something doesn’t eliminate the obstacles and

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Rat Poison and Mad Libs

Dan Pierce/ March 10, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Team evaluations require a delay in deduction because we often see what we want to see or what we already believe to be true. Biases are rat poison to a fair and clinical evaluation of a team because they are based on things we believe are good and true but can poison the pursuit of actual truth.

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