Monthly Archives: June 2015

Loyalty Versus Better Judgement

Dan Pierce/ June 20, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 1 comments

Loyalty is a big part of being a great teammate. What does loyalty look like? When is it demonstrated? Loyalty only becomes evident when it is tested. Loyalty is not something that is discussed. It is something that is decided on in a moment and reflected on in hindsight. What may look like loyalty today often becomes

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Against Better Judgement

Dan Pierce/ June 19, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 1 comments

Great teammates understand when to take a stand. I had to learn this the hard way. There was a time when I thought that being a good teammate meant always doing as I was told. I endured the angst of my conscience screaming “NO!” when I was asked to do something that I knew was against my

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A Just Investment

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

Great teams understand that resources are never meant to be hoarded and stored. They also understand that resources are not limitless and they plan for the day when they must operate with less. Resources are meant to be used at the appropriate time, appropriate being the operative word. Defining appropriate is the key to resource management. If

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Culture of Poverty

Dan Pierce/ June 17, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

The team that never spends money is just as obsessed with money as the team that spends first. This team often equates cheap with effective. We do ultimately get what we pay for. When we only look for solutions that are discounted, hand me down and on sale we create a culture that discounts the present for

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Plan to Spend

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

The team that considers that money is the answer to every problem will likely invest in projects and solutions that are not deserving of the investment. This is usually due to impulsive personalities that live in the moment. Impulsive resource decisions are not well thought out. There isn’t usually a great plan. When spending money is the

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Three Managers of Resources

Dan Pierce/ June 15, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

There are three categories of teams when it comes to managing resources. They can be lined up on a spectrum. On one extreme side we find the team that doesn’t plan well and spends resources in an extravagant and inefficient way. On the other extreme end of the resource management spectrum we find the culture of poverty.

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What’s at stake?

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

There is nothing more motivating than fear. At times this is unhealthy. Fear can be an alarmist prognosticator that tells us the worst, albeit unlikely, possibilities. However, there are situations in which fear helps us to understand the impact our actions or inaction can have on the team or team goal. Sometimes fear isn’t mere speculation. It

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Initiative and Interfering Thoughts

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

There are times when my task list gets a little out of control. It can at times become crowded with small tasks that I have told myself can wait until later. Why? Most of the time I have a great justification for procrastinating. These justifications are called interfering thoughts. Thoughts that interfere with initiative. “I’ll get to

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Perfection Versus Excellence

Dan Pierce/ June 12, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 1 comments

Perfection and excellence are sometimes thought of as being close to each other on the quality spectrum. The truth is that excellence and perfection are nowhere near each other. Perfection will not accept failure. Excellence responds appropriately to failure. Perfection cannot celebrate an imperfect victory. Excellence enjoys the process. Perfection only focuses on the result. Too often

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Do I want the ball?

Dan Pierce/ June 11, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When the game is on the line, are you backing away from the huddle and avoiding the coach’s eyes or do you want the ball? Neither response is inherently better than the other. There is usually only one ball so each teammate is necessary to help the ball carrier make the play. Which role are you more

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