Monthly Archives: April 2015

Passionate Example

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

A passionate person doesn’t just do their job as a job. When passion infects our job, the mundane tasks happen the same as breathing. They are not dreaded, complained about or procrastinated. They just happen as part of the day. One of my teammates over the years stands out as passionate. While no one expected her to,

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Passion Revealed

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

How we speak about our tasks and role on a team reveals a lot about our passion for that area. I learned a long time ago from a leader who I served under that it’s important to choose our words wisely when describing what we do. Passion is revealed in the difference between the “have to” and “get

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Passion Test

Dan Pierce/ April 28, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 1 comments

Passionate teammates demonstrate their willingness to sacrifice their convenience for the cause of the team. It is likely what attracted them to join our team. A passionate teammate operating in their area of passion will not need much motivation. They will mostly need direction and encouragement. One of the best personal tests of my current state of

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The Cost of Passion

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

Passion is an extreme emotional conviction that causes us to care about something to the point of prioritizing it over our own comfort and convenience. In other words, I am willing to suffer for my passion. I can’t be passionate about everything, so whatever sparks my passion will likely be prioritized in my day. What am I

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

Passion is a funny word that can at times be misunderstood. People tend to talk about a topic as if they are passionate about it. Social media allows us to feign passion by effortlessly and painlessly posting about our support for any cause that the Facebook algorithm chooses to place on our feed. We don’t have a

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Faithful Teammates

Dan Pierce/ April 25, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 1 comments

I have fond memories of going to the gym with my dad. It taught me discipline to wake up before everyone else to go do exercises that would hurt during and after. I didn’t always enjoy it, but I definitely enjoyed the effect of simply doing it every day despite how it felt. Some days, the weights

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Separate Contentment

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

We must separate our contentment when we self-evaluate. Great teams and teammates are discontent with their growth toward their potential while being content with the season that is causing the very growth necessary to reach their potential. Too often we are discontent with our current reality or circumstance and miss the fact that we cannot reach our

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

Great teams have an accurate view of who they are in contrast to who they were and who they want to be. We all have come a long way from our first day on the team, even if it was yesterday. Today, I am much more experienced than yesterday. Knowing is not enough to move us toward

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Wisdom or Want

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

Some teams say they want to make wise decisions but their actual decisions demonstrate otherwise. Wisdom is rarely applied because it takes longer to get the results we want. It’s a more painful path than we imagined when we dreamt of our goal. It’s easier to listen to what sounds like wisdom when the alternative is really

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The Clarifying Question…

Dan Pierce/ April 21, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Communication is often the source of so much that goes wrong on a team. A great teammate both welcomes and asks clarifying questions. If I do not completely understand what a teammate is saying, I must move past the fear of asking a “stupid” question and clear up what seems to be confusing. Clarifying questions can sometimes

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