Monthly Archives: December 2013

Freedom to Fail

A team dynamic that values the freedom to fail will result in a fearless team. Innovation and creativity only happens in an environment that not only expects failure but also embraces it. Imagine the trust exercise many teams do…the one where you blindly fall backward into a teammates arms. This is a great illustration of the trust

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Perfection or Excellence? Part 2

You prefer excellence if you see a failure as a step closer to finding the right answer to a problem. You prefer excellence if you highlight a failure in an opportune moment for the purpose of making it into a learning moment for the team. You prefer excellence if you can use past failures to prevent future

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Perfection or Excellence? Part 1

The answer to that question can be found in your perception of failure. You prefer perfection if a failure occurs and you must fix it at all cost. You prefer perfection if you fear how a failure within your team looks to others. You prefer perfection if you only see perfection until a failure happens and then

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Which comes first: trust or empowerment?

A team only develops trust when each member has a clear role that matches their gifting and is empowered to carry out that role to the best of their ability. Do I feel empowered because I trust my leader? Or do I trust my leader because I feel empowered? This is likely a cycle that snowballs into

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Teams Require Diversity in Strength

Every team is put together for a common purpose and goal. We must remember why a team is formed in the first place. It is only because the goal requires a diverse set of skills that is beyond any one person. This makes every individual vital to the success of the team. Teams have common goals and

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The Courage to Make New Traditions..

It takes courage to risk doing something new in the midst of tradition. The risk is taken because the result is worth the anxiety that comes with potential and actual resistance. I am honored to work with a courageous Worship Arts Pastor, Tim Roberts. The Crossroads Christmas Show “Experience Light” this past weekend delivered the Christmas message

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When to challenge the Status Quo?

When assessing my team’s direction I know I need an action plan when the following attributes of my team do not put us in a position to achieve our team goals: 1) Team size and availability…There is no ability like availability. Is your team large enough and skilled enough to step up to the challenge? 2) Budget

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Replacing your baby…

Leaders can become proud of their systems and processes. They become like a baby that is named, nurtured, and protected. Eventually every effective system needs to be replaced because it’s achieved the goal and the new goal requires new systems. Most systems are not changed unless absolutely necessary because of the effort it requires. This effort includes

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Unmotivated Mediocrity…

Mediocre results are far more dangerous than failure because we are tempted to abide it and not learn from it. Failure forces us to abandon ship and adjust our course. Consistent mediocrity can become a comfortable place from which we wish for better results without the sense of urgency to create an action plan that will cause

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Unity is the Fruit of Healthy Systems…

Systems are always in place to ensure that all the processes that lead to the success of a team are not happening by chance. The best teams leave nothing to chance and operate on what Jim Collins describes as “productive paranoia”. The team is most effective when it operates as one unit towards a common goal. The

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