Monthly Archives: August 2015

Love

Dan Pierce/ August 31, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

America has a funny way of using the word love. I can use the same word to describe my favorite food and how I feel about my children. It’s the same word with two very different meanings. We can love our teammates as well. By which definition? A great teammate loves their teammates in a way that

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Goodness

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

I am a great teammate when I refuse to compromise the team’s values. Goodness is simply that which promotes the health and well-being of others. Great teammates do the right thing for the right reason every time. Goodness isn’t what they do, it’s who they are. Goodness is resisting compromise and peer pressure to violate values “just

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Nice or Kind

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

Would you rather be kind or nice? They are not the same thing. They are not even synonyms in my mind. Nice teammates tend to always say the nice and positive thing. There isn’t much conflict but there isn’t much truth either. Things move along without any real ripples until something embarrassing happens that can’t be nicely

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Reliable

Dan Pierce/ August 28, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

I am a great teammate when I say what I mean and mean what I say. If I commit to a task or project, I am going to take the initiative to do my best for the team. Reliability is a key trait for a great teammate because it is the basis for trust in a team

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Patience

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

I am a great teammate when I approach a teammate with understanding rather than irritation. Patience is a difficult thing to develop in our fast-paced culture. I have discovered two keys to developing patience for my teammates. The first is to remind myself how often my teammates are patient with me. That humility can slow me down

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Self-control

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

When I work alone I can afford to make compromises because I am the only one who will suffer from the ramifications of those compromises. I can reason with myself to justify why I settled for less than my best. When I join a team, I have to exercise self-control at a higher level because my decisions

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For the win…

Dan Pierce/ August 25, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When I understand that just because I can, it doesn’t mean I should, I am a better teammate. Timing and tact can make a world of difference. Great teammates actively contribute to discussions, decisions, and the execution of both. They do so with an understanding that part of being on a team is not always exerting pressure

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Keeping a Level Head

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

I am a great teammate when I don’t allow circumstances to affect me in a way that makes me a liability. We can’t expect anyone to be an emotionless robot, but we can expect our teammates and ourselves to respond well to adversity. I can be an extreme person and I have had to learn how to

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Finding Fun

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

When I look back on the teams that I have been a part of over the years, I always seem to remember the best teammates as those who were able to have fun in every circumstance. That is rare. People love to complain and it seems like having the ability to post complaints on social media only

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Popular or Steady?

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

I have observed that the person who is the team’s steadying force does not hold a popular position. To be a steadying force you must be prepared to have a short friends list. Not many people like the voice of reason in the moment, but they are generally grateful enough to keep that voice of reason around.

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