Monthly Archives: July 2014

If It Were a Snake it Would Have Bit Me…

Teams tend to coast when everything seems to be going well. “Well” isn’t necessarily thriving. It might be settling for a season without significant adversity. This is usually the season that precedes a problem caused by overlooking small details consistently over time. Those details can add up to adversity that eventually gets the team’s attention.

Trap Games

A trap game is defined as a game or opponent that should be easily won or defeated but, because of overconfidence, it isn’t. A trap game happens when teams look past what seems trivial or insignificant and are not as careful in executing as they should be. It takes discipline to see the trap games that our

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Simple or Easy

It is important for a team to understand the difference between simple and easy. Easy is something that doesn’t take much effort or thinking. It is something that can be done because the skill required is well-developed. Tasks are also easy because there are enough resources like time, attention, and money to accomplish them. Simple tasks are

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Hubris Affects Decision-Making

Have you ever noticed that when we are overconfident, we tend to cut more corners? We leave things to chance and expect the same results as when we were more careful. We tend to be more careful in novel experiences. When a team lacks experience in an endeavor, it is likely to cross all the t’s and

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Team Hubris Affects Memory

Hubris can set in and affect the memory of the team. When a team becomes over-confident, it will inevitably forget the effort and sacrifice it took to achieve what the team feels entitled to. Today is a culmination of yesterday’s blood, sweat, and tears. To expect to achieve the same victory with less effort and sacrifice fits

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Managing Team Hubris

Hubris can be defined as exaggerated pride or self-confidence. Teams experience hubris when they begin to expect the results their hard work and effort have produced. It’s difficult to manage hubris because it comes on subtly. It begins with a celebration that turns to expectation. Celebration is something every team should enjoy when accomplishing goals. You know

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Accepting Limits

Pace is a great determining factor for long-term success. Pushing a team too hard for too long doesn’t do anything positive for the future of the team unless it teaches them about limits. Any team can push harder than usual for a while but it has to have a finish line. Pursuing a goal at all costs

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Vision Vehicle

If vision is a finish line for a team, then the team dynamic is the car that drives the team towards the finish line. Goal oriented people can make a mistake of pursuing a goal at all costs. Just because a team can do something to accomplish a goal doesn’t mean that they should. Doing something to

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Vision Reminders

The vision needs to be cast more than once. The team’s target should not just be kept in front of the team. The vision should be imbedded in the way they think and talk. Everything a team does should contribute in some way to accomplishing what the team is aiming at. Is the team designed to accomplish

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Team Vision

Teams should see a vision together. Whether someone is new to a team or is a founding member, there is a need for vision casting and vision reminders. Vision can be defined by where the goals of the team members aim. The old saying is that when we aim at nothing, we inevitably hit it. Imagine aiming

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