Teammate Pop Quiz #4

Dan Pierce/ January 6, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Another great measure of how good of a teammate I am is how much margin I build into my life. This is because when I make room for extra time, I have made time to help other teammates. Am I barely keeping my head above water? If so, how can I be a great teammate? I may like the idea that

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Teammate Pop Quiz #3

Dan Pierce/ January 5, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

There are two types of teammates and they can be determined by how they talk about their teammates when their teammates are not present. Ordinary teammates sing our praises to our faces and talk about our liabilities to everyone else when we are not around. Great teammates do exactly the opposite. They care enough about us to

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Teammate Pop Quiz #2

Dan Pierce/ January 4, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

If great teammates help other teammates unconditionally, am I a great teammate? Have I demanded to know the why behind the ask? Am I entitled to it? Yes, the why is important for buy-in but great teammates dont need a steady diet of why to buy into making another teammate’s job a bit easier. They realize that when

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Teammate Pop Quiz #1

Dan Pierce/ January 3, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Do I think I am a high quality teammate? Would my teammates agree? When was the last time I did my best on a task simply because it would make another teammate’s job easier? Great teammates don’t need to know why a little bit of effort is required for someone else to benefit. Great teammates help unconditionally.

A Little Cliché

Dan Pierce/ January 2, 2018/ Discipline/ 0 comments

New Year’s resolutions are a little bit cliché, but anything that gets you out of that ineffective, under-achieving, compromised rut is worth a little cliché. What is that one thing you know you should be doing but you consistently justify not doing? What if last year’s justifications for lapses in discipline don’t count this year? What if this

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The Beginning

Dan Pierce/ January 1, 2018/ Discipline/ 0 comments

The beginning of something is always exciting because of all that is potentially possible. There is something refreshing about a blank slate. It is true that January 1st is just another day if we choose to look at it that way. Discipline is a head game and if we decide that the first day of a new

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The End

Dan Pierce/ December 31, 2017/ Discipline, Inspiring Your Team/ 0 comments

Today is the last day of the year. It’s a good moment to look back and assess how we did. Did I get significantly better at what matters? Did I improve in all my roles? Am I more or less disciplined? Am I making a difference? Am I just kicking the same can down the same road?

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The Danger of Distance

Dan Pierce/ December 30, 2017/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

No one likes a micromanager. It doesn’t feel good to not be trusted by others to make decisions about the things that I am responsible for. The lack of trust that results from micromanagement is dangerous for everyone involved because decisions are made by someone that is too distant from the situation to be effective. Authority needs to

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Authority and Responsibility

Dan Pierce/ December 29, 2017/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

The key to empowering others is to make sure responsibility is given with authority. When someone is given a task, they must have some decision-making ability. Leaders should give the direction towards a destination but the best person to decide the details of how to get from here to there is the person that is responsible for

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Dan Pierce/ December 28, 2017/ Handling Failure, Winning/ 0 comments

Winning is usually the goal but the ongoing goal of every great team is to continue to develop. Win or lose, development is always at the forefront of a great team’s mind. It’s one thing to play the game today, but great teams are great long-term because they see the world through the glasses of the long

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