Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Extra Step After a Decision…

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

Small teams have an easier time communicating changes and adjustments. They often don’t have to take the next step of passing along information to other teammates because most, if not all, of the teammates will be present when the decisions to change or adjust are made. It is likely they were a part of the process so

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The Bag of Tricks

Dan Pierce/ May 20, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

As a team gains more experience they begin to build their repertoire. Incremental innovation causes a team to learn what methods work in different situations. Methods that worked yesterday may not apply today. Conversely, methods that didn’t work yesterday may have a better chance to work if tried today. Learning builds our repertoire which leads to the

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The Halftime Adjustment

Dan Pierce/ May 19, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Halftime adjustments are not the same as drawing plays in the dirt. The preparation of a game plan primes the coach to know what adjustments need to be made at halftime when the team has a better understanding of the opponent’s game plan. Adjustments are often contingency plans that stem from possible scenarios that may occur. Every

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Luck Favors the Prepared

Dan Pierce/ May 18, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

There are lots of fun stories about drawing a play in the dirt in a last second drive to win a football game. There is a time and place for that and it tends to be on elementary school playgrounds at recess. Professionals do not draw plays in the dirt. When I coached football, we never put

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Great Teams Understand Timing

Dan Pierce/ May 17, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 1 comments

Timing is very important in every aspect of life. In a team setting, it is important to know what time it is. Is it time to push hard to finish before a deadline? Is it time to take a break? Is it too soon to try that new idea? Is it time to go for it? Great

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Seek Understanding

Dan Pierce/ May 16, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Teams that are successful are constantly looking at their circumstances to gain a better understanding of why and how they got to where they are. Great teams want to know why they won or lost. Less than great teams are not always sure and are satisfied with getting by. Great teams are intentional about gaining an understanding

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Understanding, Endurance, and Priorities

Dan Pierce/ May 15, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 1 comments

Sustainable success requires a complex mixture of variables. Complexity is hard and that is why the road to success is typically very narrow. In sports, there is only one winner at the end of the season. Have you ever noticed that many times the same teams consistently win? That means the same teams consistently lose. What is

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Sentiment Substitute

Dan Pierce/ May 14, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Our minds like to make sense of things. When the team is experiencing something for the first time, it is difficult for them to completely understand exactly what is going on. The gaps in our understanding bother us so we fill those gaps with ideas, rationalization and other concepts that make sense to us. When this happens, we

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Blind to Cost

Dan Pierce/ May 13, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When it comes to investing in relationships, we must accept our limits. Most people fail to cultivate their relationships because it takes more time and effort than we are willing to spend on them. We all have the same amount of time in a day, but how we spend it says a lot about our priorities. Since

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Fair Isn’t Equal

Dan Pierce/ May 12, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

There is a funny misconception that treating everyone equal is the fairest thing we can do. Treating everything equal all the time will delay results and dilute the impact of resources. There is a time and place for equal treatment but there is a great advantage when a team focuses to address an area of need or

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