Monthly Archives: March 2014

Panoramic View or Consensus? Part 1

Dan Pierce/ March 31, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Is embracing multiple perspectives thought of as an advantage for a team? If so, why is so much time spent cultivating consensus? Consensus is easy when we work alone. One perspective is all we have and we learn to depend on that. Adding perspectives takes work because they don’t always seem to come together like we want

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A Team of Individuals: Cumulative Perspective

Dan Pierce/ March 30, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Who we are influences how we see and experience the world. Two people can experience an identical event and walk away without an identical experience. Our perspectives are always as unique as our DNA. Even identical twins have unique perspectives that may differ from each other. Perspectives differ because angles and lenses differ. No one can truly

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A Team of Individuals: Cumulative Story

Dan Pierce/ March 29, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Everyone has a story. We each have memories that cumulate into who we are today. Our story influences how we see the world. It contains the experience that allows us to do our job. Our story is as unique as our DNA. In fact, our DNA is a part of our personal story by causing each of

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Maintenance is Scheduled Care…

Dan Pierce/ March 28, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Maintenance is a form of care that takes intention and discipline. It prevents catastrophic loss and allows for losses and a lack of availability to be planned for. My grandfather recently described how important maintenance was in the job he retired from. He was a mechanic and had to keep the paper mill machines running. If one

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The Inevitable Need for Maintenance…

Dan Pierce/ March 27, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

The saying is, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Maintenance plans are developed by the best teams to make sure equipment and more importantly people do not wear out over time. We discount our future when we try to get a few more miles between an oil change. We deceive ourselves to think

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Growing On a Team: The Blessing of a Backup

Dan Pierce/ March 26, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

A team provides an advantage in that we can rely on each other when we need to take a break for one reason or another. Maybe a teammate can cover for us in an emergency. On sports teams, our back up comes in when we are injured. Do we back ourselves up in other contexts? It’s irresponsible

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Growing On a Team: An Affirming Environment

Dan Pierce/ March 25, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

It takes humility to recognize someone and it affirms teammate’s roles on the team when they are recognized. If everyone on a team complimented each other, then the team would be a self-sustaining environment for affirmation and growth. Affirmation and appreciation help a team grow as individuals and a team. Feedback isn’t only valuable when it points

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Growing On a Team: Compliment Each Other

Dan Pierce/ March 24, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Being on a team allows us to compliment each other. This is a bit of a play on words. Teammates should compliment each other’s roles with their own strengths and talents. We should also compliment our teammates by encouraging them and we encourage them by acknowledging and appreciating a job well done. A little acknowledgement goes a

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Growing On a Team: Accepting Limits

Dan Pierce/ March 23, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

One of the benefits of being on a team is that you are able to accept your limits. Trading some vulnerability for help is always a good deal. Surrounding ourselves with people who can help carry a burden is the best way to get through life. When we join a team, we not only offer our help,

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Growing On a Team: It Beats Growing Alone

Dan Pierce/ March 22, 2014/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When we are working alone, we have to spend a lot of time developing every aspect of our lives. This limits and slows growth, blind spots are not addressed, and complacency can set in quickly if an individual doesn’t have another source of motivation. No one can stay self-motivated all the time. We need others to notice

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