Monthly Archives: July 2015

Repurposing Our Lives

When we join a team, we are choosing to belong to something that is larger than ourselves. That choice has a cost, but it also has many benefits that offset that cost. Choosing to belong requires a repurposing of our lives. The demands of the team we have chosen require an adjustment from how we lived prior.

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The Necessary Overlap

Tensions are always going to happen on good teams. Teams that are too much alike may not have to deal with as many tense moments. A team that has a good mix of people with different perspectives and skills will bump into each other. Those differences combined with common passion will result in tense emotions if the

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We do what we care about…even to our detriment.

I often remind people that accountability is easy because our actions reveal our hearts. Everything we spend our time and money on is a perfect picture of what we truly value. When a team says one thing and does another, they are not truly living their values. What we care about can actually cloud our judgment. What

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Authority Requires Accountability

A great teammate understands that when they have the authority to make a decision on a team, they will ultimately be held accountable for the ramifications of that decision by the team. I am often surprised that the same people that demand the freedom to choose are surprised to be held accountable by their team for their

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Healthy Team Dynamics

Every team has a desired destination. They set goals and markers for success. The team dynamic is the vehicle that helps them travel towards that destination. A team dynamic is the complex workings of the many relationships within the team. It’s the combination of roles with the understanding of the various overlapping responsibilities of each teammate. It’s

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Am I a devoted teammate?

When we join a team, we all get a sense of camaraderie that comes from a common cause and experience. Consistency, endurance, and joy are attributes of a devoted teammate. Am I as excited about being on this team as I was the day I joined? Do I still get excited to be around the team? Does

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Driven by Devotion

I am a great teammate when I am devoted to the team and its cause. Devotion must come before effort in order for the effort to last. There is a default drive in all of us to conserve energy and effort. Our devotion to the cause helps us to overcome the drive to save energy and avoid

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No Substitute for Effort

Our success is directly related to our devotion. Our devotion is directly related to our willingness to put forth the effort to succeed. Our willingness to put for the effort to succeed will affect how hard we work. There is no substitute for hard work and effort. The best plans and intentions fall short when consistent effort

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The Willing Heart

I am a loyal teammate when I demonstrate an understanding of a situation. I am loyal when I look for reasons to be on board. I am disloyal when I seem to always find a way to challenge and opt out. I am loyal when I maintain a positive attitude in the midst of challenge. I am

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Loyalty and Honor

Loyalty is something that is hard to define. We know it when we see and we feel it when it’s missing. Loyalty carries a sense of honor with it. True loyalty isn’t a blind devotion but rather a bond that is built on mutual trust and honor. Loyalty doesn’t require agreement but is truly tested in the

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