Monthly Archives: January 2015

Perpetual Bad Days

It is true that bad days come and go but when a bad day turns into an attitude that lasts for a couple of months, something deeper might be going on. When the dynamic of a team changes, all the teammates may no longer fit in the new dynamic. This can happen incrementally and then suddenly be

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The Will to Win is a Series of Choices

Every team faces adversity. The quality of a team is demonstrated by their response to adversity. Teams like the Seattle Seahawks demonstrated how to react to adversity in the NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers. Here is a list of choices they made as a team: They chose… 1) …to encourage and rally around one

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Room for Bad Days

Everyone has bad days. When a teammate has one, it’s important to acknowledge it and communicate the care that any human deserves when going through a tough time. Bad days come and go and should never be a reason to change our opinion of a teammate. The same should be true of mistakes. If a teammate is

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Grounds for Separation

When is removing someone from the team a good decision? 1) When the reason is not because we have defined someone by their worst moment. 2) When we have clearly communicated why we believe that person is harming the team. 3) When the person has had ample time to adjust after honest communication. Timelines need to fit

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Results and Side Effects

Team leaders spend a third of their time dealing with the impact of a plan that has been implemented. The desired result may come with some expected side effects. Often, a great victory comes at a cost of bandwidth, energy, and money. These costs can be anticipated and the result can be weighed against the cost. The

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Worth the Risk

Many people are afraid to have their idea labeled as “bad”. Even great ideas that were applauded in a planning meeting can be labeled as bad in hindsight. The contrary is also true as many ideas that seemed risky proved to be well worth the risk. No idea is safe from circumstances that could make it a

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Best, Bad and Everything in Between

Great teammates are secure enough to express an idea and have it rejected. That may sound harsh but in reality that is what it feels like to voice an idea that isn’t accepted or implemented. Unfortunately, schools have sheltered the self-esteem of children so much that when they grow up, they believe in the fallacy that “every

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Making a Decision

Great teams make great decisions in the planning process. Decisions are points of reference for the team as they move toward their goal. Teams that fail to accomplish their goals either make bad decisions or fail to make clear decisions during the planning process. There is a time and place for brainstorming and discussion of ideas. A

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Delegation = Loss

Leadership is a lonely place because with increased authority comes increased responsibility. Leading a team requires me to delegate what I can so I spend the most time in the best places. The fear of loneliness and loss of personal value may be a cause of hesitancy with delegation. Leaders and teammates are people and we have

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The Exclusion Paradox

Teams provide the benefit of sharing burdens or workloads in a way which cannot be found elsewhere. I have observed many teammates who chose not to take advantage of this benefit. I often reflect on the moments when I hesitated to delegate. I love being on a team and I love to be needed. It’s selfish and

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