Monthly Archives: June 2014

Superstitious Victory

Our brains love to find the patterns that lead to success. There must be a formula that created the conditions. This is where superstition can come in. Sports teams are famous for silly acts of superstition that supposedly lead to success. Some people have lucky socks that they refuse to change. Others refuse to shave until they

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Consistent Failure is Difficult…

Teams that are successful over time are patient. Anyone can get lucky and succeed once in a while. No one loses all the time. It’s actually more difficult for a team to lose every game than it is to win every game. Teams that are patient enough to find a way will eventually experience success that will

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Outlasting the Opponent

Every team will have its ups an downs. How you respond to those ups and downs over time will demonstrate the quality of your team. Why are the Spurs the best team of the last two decades? They outlasted everyone else. They kept their team together and handled both success and failure together. When they were minutes

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Talent Taints Expectations

A talented team carries a burden of expectation. Watching the Miami Heat play in four consecutive NBA finals is an achievement that any team can be proud of. Unfortunately, they only came out on top in half of those opportunities. Now there is talk of breaking up the team because they should win everything all of the

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Trust

The true advantage of being more than friendly with your teammates is the trust that is enjoyed when a deep relationship is cultivated. Trust keeps things moving because it keeps everyone’s head in the game when the team needs them most. Once distrust begins to creep into a team, people begin to look out for their own

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“Is Everything Ok?”

Constant follow-up and repair may seem unnecessary except when it is. Teammates that regularly repair after conflict are not afraid to conflict. They know they can work together and disagreements won’t cost them the relationship they value. It’s because of this trust that friends and teammates can push the envelope further to discover solutions that lead to

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Signs of Friendship: Repair

Another way to distinguish between a teammate who is a friend and a friendly teammate is to notice what happens after a serious disagreement or conflict. It might seem that a person who brushes it off quickly might be doing so because it’s no big deal. A friend would not leave that to chance. A friend follows

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Which Came First…Friendship or Success?

Was the team successful because the teammates worked well together? Or did that dynamic develop because of the success enjoyed by the team? Coaches on a successful professional team are very intentional about the “chemistry” of a team. Teams that lack chemistry are not as successful as teams that work well together. As obvious as that statement

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Friendship Benefits a Team

Teams who are friends function far better than teams who are not. Friends treat each other in a way that benefits the goals of a team. Actions are done for mutual benefit. That is the point of a team isn’t it? To work together for mutual benefit? Teams that neglect to make the effort to deepen their

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Teams Are Not Like Social Media

Many people in our culture experience relationships on a very superficial level because of the influence of Social Media. You friend request me and then I accept. Boom! We are now friends! You like my posts and I will like yours until one of us doesn’t because of subtle disagreement. Then we are unfriended or unfollowed. You

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