Monthly Archives: December 2013

Causes of Rivalry

Dan Pierce/ December 31, 2013/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Just as the results from the coordination of a team of teams compounds, so does the risk of rivalry as resources need to be shared. 1) Competition over limited resources: Teams that learn to share responsibility for a common goal are more likely to share the resources needed to accomplish that goal together. If they are competing

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Team of Teams

Dan Pierce/ December 30, 2013/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Gifted individuals can compound their results by teaming up in a way that compliments each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Gifted teams may also compound their returns even further by partnering with another team. Teams become a team of teams when they coordinate their efforts toward a common goal. They abstain from competing with each other and share

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Be Careful With Competition

Dan Pierce/ December 29, 2013/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Competition is a great motivator for some people. Teams often work well when they have identified a common enemy. This makes external competition the best motivator. Internal competition can tear a team apart. The old saying says to divide and conquer. This is always true within a team. When team members strive against each other the common

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The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

Dan Pierce/ December 28, 2013/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Supportive feedback needs to be contingent to be truthful. Telling a teammate they did a great job when they didn’t is actually unsupportive because that person is missing out on the learning that comes through failure. Withholding praise for any reason also is unsupportive because a great teammate should shout the victories and whisper the defeats. Truth

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The Secret to Support

Dan Pierce/ December 27, 2013/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

The secret to success is in knowing when something is a big deal and when something isn’t. Our support should match the need of the moment. Overreaction can occur in the form of criticism or praise and both situations can lead to a loss of credibility. Eventually people will tune the over-reactor out and that limits that

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Team Conclusions

Dan Pierce/ December 26, 2013/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

We are supportive of our team when we consistently seek out the whole story. Often times things happen that are outside the plan. It is important that feedback is consistent with what actually happened and not based on an opinion of what might have happened when we fill in the blanks. Great teammates rely on each other

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Dan Pierce/ December 25, 2013/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Gifts that are given between teammates are important indicators of how close a team is. New team members can be welcomed into a dynamic with a gift during the Christmas season. This communicates acceptance and genuine goodwill. Thoughtful gifts demonstrate how much we actually know our teammates. There is always a deep sense of needing to be

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Why Are Holidays Important?

Dan Pierce/ December 24, 2013/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Holidays are important because they allow us to stop and remember to make new memories. Teams always require pause points that allow not just for evaluation but also celebration and rest. Holidays are a great time to reflect on what we have rather than strive for what we don’t. There are 300+ days out of the year

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The Sooner the Better

Dan Pierce/ December 23, 2013/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When supporting a teammate with feedback it is important to make sure the feedback is immediate. The best feedback happens within the context of the topic of feedback because our best learning happens within the context. Delaying feedback is not supportive because it loses meaning over time. Immediate doesn’t always mean “in the moment” but it does

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How to Catch a Teammate:

Dan Pierce/ December 22, 2013/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

What does catching a teammate look like in your team dynamic? Think of the word support. We support our teammates best when we are truth tellers. Supportive honest feedback has four principles: 1) Immediate 2) Consistent 3) Appropriate 4) Contingent When practicing these four principles we are able to turn anything into a win for the team.

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