Monthly Archives: May 2014

Understanding Deprivation

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

How does the team judge a person that is not acting like a great teammate? It’s easy to write it off as if they are having a bad day. What if that bad day turns into a bad week or month? Is that person simply not a good teammate? There was a time when that person was

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The Distraction of Subtle Threats

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

Subtle threats to any kind of personal security can become a distraction, especially if that security is threatened in the moment. Threats to a basic need being met can use up precious bandwidth within our mind. The best example is that we cannot concentrate well when we are hungry. Our mind may know that we are not

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Multi-Task Myth

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

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs talks about the way we as humans are designed to prioritize our needs and the needs of others. An easy example of this is to imagine your team at lunch where they are discussing the events of the coming weeks and you begin to choke. Suddenly, the need for air quickly surpasses the

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No Pressure Like Peer Pressure

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

Accountability on a team takes place best when the team lead sets the tone with clear expectations and consistent reinforcement of the stated culture. The rest of team is then empowered to further reinforce the culture. A safe culture happens when everyone buys into a set pattern of behavior that fits the culture everyone signed up for

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Joining a Team

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

One of the benefits of being on a team is the accountability a teammate provides. Those that avoid team situations tend to have a problem with accountability and authority. Teammates thrive on people having their back and that includes calling them out when something is not right. Teammates that see a problem and say nothing are diminishing

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Anarchy Is Safer Than No Accountability

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

Does the team have the authority to enforce the culture they all agreed to? It would be safer to have no rules from the start than rules that are stated but never enforced and without consequence. Each individual should at least be given the choice to agree to the expectation of “every person for themselves” when they

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Accountability Creates Safety

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

Every household and team have a set of house rules. The rules set the boundaries that the team agrees to operate in for the mutual benefit of all. Safety does not come with the mere existence of a set of rules. Safety comes when those rules are actually a part of the existing culture. Is a predictable

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Control or Freedom Part 2

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

Freedom is the result of a healthy and predictable environment. Too many rules can restrict freedom. Too few rules can actually have the same effect. In an environment where few rules exist, there may be an appearance of freedom but people will be restricted by the freedom of others causing unpredictability and inconsistent results. No accountability clouds

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Control or Freedom Part 1

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

Too many rules are a sign of a controlling environment. Controlled is not necessarily safe. Rules made out of a reaction to an embarrassing failure tend to be restrictive and rescinded when the emotion of the failure fades away. Rules should be made when we are calmly assessing a situation and want to learn from our past

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Too Many Rules

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

When a team creates a rule they must make sure they understand why a rule is in place. Rules usually come about because someone on the team was harmed in some way. Rules come with experience but rules should be reasonable and few in number. A good rule is made to protect everyone when it needs to.

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