Monthly Archives: February 2015

Loving The Job

Does my job on the team add stress or relieve it? Anxiety produced by a job is not likely to lead to a team member having much fun. The best teammate has a job that brings joy to him and his teammates. That joy is contagious. Every team needs that joyful person who is over-the-top excited to be

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Anxiety From Fit, Not Tasks

When a teammate is overwhelmed, it’s not always because there is too much on their plate. I am a firm believer that teammates always rise to the mark set for them. If this is true, the source of anxiety could be the fit on a team. When I sense that something isn’t right, it isn’t always that

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Common Sense Killer: Arrogance

It is often said that our perception determines our reality. What our team chooses to see will determine how it will move forward. When a team grows accustomed to success and see itself as having “arrived”, it will cease to make decisions to move forward. Progression stops and atrophy begins to set in because sound decisions do

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Common Sense Killer: The Choice to Cheat

Cheating has a negative connotation. There comes a point where healthy innovation turns into real cheating. Innovation happens within the rules or changes the rules to make a better future based on learning. Innovation is the context of the old saying of, “if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying”. True cheating is a shortcut that gains a

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Common Sense Killer: Guilt

There are many times when the culture we create undermines our commitment to what we should do. We settle for less-than-best because we are afraid to let someone else down. The two most common areas where this happens nearly every day with every team are honesty and rest. Everyone knows that the honest truth is the best

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Common Sense Killer: Pedestals

Expectations come from many places. They all culminate from past experiences in one way or another. When a team places any individual on a pedestal, they are setting themselves up for disappointment. Teammates who are believed to be outside the realm of best practices because of some skill or ability, will eventually let the people down who

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Common Sense Killer: Present Bias

How does the slow fade of discipline happen? Why does the vision of the future seem so far off? How do we always end up back at the drawing board? It’s because we all have a tendency to believe that tomorrow will be just like today. This leaves little motivation for changing today to have a different

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Common Sense Killer: Undisciplined

A lack of training is not always the cause of a departure from common sense practices. It’s difficult to keep common sense practices in place over time. They make sense intellectually but take intentionality and discipline to maintain. Most teams renew their zeal for common sense following a preventable catastrophe. Everyone has heard a coach say that

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Common Sense Killer: Untrained

The most innocent reason a team may not have common sense practices is because they are simply inexperienced and untrained. They don’t know what they don’t know. Great teammates who are coachable will not be in this situation for long. Teammates who are stubborn enough to reinvent the wheel will struggle in survival mode like the cave

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Common Sense Killers

Why is common sense and best practice so uncommon among teams? 1) arrogance 2) a choice to cheat 3) guilt 4) pedestals 5) present bias 6) lack of discipline 7) lack of training These are the top seven reasons in my team experience that cause common sense to be dismissed, abandoned, or forgotten.