Monthly Archives: February 2014

Team Culture Poisons

Dan Pierce/ February 18, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Every member of the team is responsible for at least two things. The most obvious responsibility is their assigned contribution toward the team goals. The second and most often overlooked responsibility is the cultivation of a healthy team culture and dynamic. Every family has house rules that direct how each member should expect to be treated. House

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The Tension to Manage

Dan Pierce/ February 17, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Truth and kindness is a constant tension to manage. If a team is too truthful, they can be considered as too harsh and uncaring. If a team is too kind, they create a deceptive environment that is actually unsafe because no one knows where they really stand with each other. Politeness is the socially acceptable form of

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Sticks and Stones

Dan Pierce/ February 16, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” This old saying couldn’t be further from the truth. Words are the weapons of everyday warfare. Words can hurt deeply. The good news is that words can also bring healing and help. Teams with a safe and fun environment understand that words matter. Words

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Laser Focus

Dan Pierce/ February 15, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

A unified environment is the safest environment. No one has to waste time and energy wondering what the motivations are at any given moment. When everyone is laser focused on the team goal, everyone understands why they do what they do. The threats are external and the team is able to work in concert to make significant

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Embrace Uncertainty…

Dan Pierce/ February 14, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

One of the best ways to create a safe place for people to be themselves is to create an environment that embraces uncertainty. Change can be considered a threat to the team and threats are often avoided and eliminated. If someone senses that being themselves may rock the boat, they will hold back. When this happens, the

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Choose to Belong…

Dan Pierce/ February 13, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

A healthy team dynamic has to include a team attitude that reaches out to the struggling individual. However, the individual has an important responsibility to choose to belong. Belonging is something that is an active choice. Too often people miss out of the benefit of team-work because they feel as if they don’t belong when the power

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No One Left Behind

Dan Pierce/ February 12, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Soldiers are a great example of a team. When they compete, there is a lot at stake. No matter what the circumstance, they do everything in their power to make sure nobody is left behind. A “no one left behind” attitude notices when a teammate is struggling to keep up. Maybe they are overwhelmed. Maybe they are

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No One Alone

Dan Pierce/ February 11, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Being alone or acting alone is the antithesis of the concept of being on a team. This doesn’t stop us from isolating ourselves at times. Many people can experience loneliness in the midst of a crowded room so it stands to reason that some team environments can allow isolation of teammates if it’s dynamic is left to

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Creating a Safe Team Dynamic

Dan Pierce/ February 10, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

It’s not just the role of the leader, but a shared responsibility throughout the team to live by a code, based on principles that allow the team to properly communicate, relate, and function without the distraction of internal conflict and drama. It keeps the team focused on the goal. There are principles for creating a safe and

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Dan Pierce/ February 9, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Fun only happens when a safe environment is created for the team by the team leader. We are most free to have fun when we feel safe enough to be ourselves. A team that embraces the individual personalities that make up the team will be the most fun to be a part of. Everyone gets to be

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