Monthly Archives: January 2015

Great Teammates Elevate Those Who Are Around Them

Dan Pierce/ January 31, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

The greatest teammates I ever had made a difference in the team dynamic the day they joined the team. Things were different and something about that teammate made everyone a little better. I am a huge fan of Deion Sanders. He is one of my favorite athletes and is a great example of a teammate who immediately

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Sound Mechanics

Dan Pierce/ January 30, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Mechanics are an important aspect of any task a team executes. Mechanics can be anything that works behind the scenes to make something work. This includes math, working parts, or processes. Teams must make sure that their mechanics are sound if they want to optimize their combined effort. Shortcuts and last-minute timing are the two things that

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How vs Can

Dan Pierce/ January 29, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Coach Urban Meyer stated “It’s no longer a matter of how do we but rather can we beat the Oregon Ducks?” just before his Ohio State football team faced them in the national championship. Every team faces this stage of preparation. It’s an uncertain stage that can feed either team insecurities or team initiative. Ohio State clearly

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A Double Limit

Dan Pierce/ January 28, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

A team leader who has poor delegation skills limits the team in more ways than one. A team by its nature is meant to share a workload. A team leader who fails to spread the effort effectively makes the team more busy than necessary. Inefficiency is the short-term cost of a lack of proper delegation. Development of

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Measured Team Efficiency

Dan Pierce/ January 27, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Every team exists because of the people on the team. There is a constant battle to improve while increasing the ROI which often proves to have diminishing returns. Teams that move as one have figured out this balance. When a team is efficient, it’s because the teammates work in concert with one another… each person harmonizing with

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Putting a Jacket on Someone Else When I’m Cold

Dan Pierce/ January 26, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

We have to fight the tendency to project our own limits, fears and comfort onto others. When we do that, we sell our teammates short and diminish the benefit of being on a team. What scares me may motivate a teammate. What I find absolutely painful might actually be pleasurable to someone else. Projection is a form

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Can We Do Better?

Dan Pierce/ January 25, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Is the current level of success really success? Do we believe in the possibility of a better future? Every team must answer these questions to evaluate whether their ambition is to protect the comfort of the status quo or if change is necessary. I am a firm believer that people generally rise to the mark set for

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Team Distraction: The Solution

Dan Pierce/ January 24, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Every team will be presented with new ideas and old ways that limit the team’s effectiveness. The solution is strong leadership that is disciplined enough to embrace change and say no to new and exciting but irrelevant ideas. Momentum requires a precision of force. The forks in the road will come and the team will look to

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Team Distraction: The Defense of the Status Quo

Dan Pierce/ January 23, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

The way we do things can create a sense of comfort that is difficult to change when the time comes. Teams must acknowledge that the plan requires a departure from what the team is used to. If the method or plan that has been proven and effective in the past is changed, people will become uncomfortable. It

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Team Distraction: Fun New Idea

Dan Pierce/ January 22, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

One common distraction teams will face when implementing a plan is the fun new idea that pops up after the plan begins to be implemented. The best plans are worked on way in advance. After a year or more has gone by, the plan that started out as the new exciting thing which was chosen above all the other

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