Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Steady Line

Our team’s success depends on our ability to hold to a steady line in the direction of the team’s goals and objectives when life happens. Circumstances will arise every day and we have to choose daily to stay the course. Every team needs a steadying force that helps them find a baseline in the midst of both

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Aiming high requires people and purpose.

True teamwork requires the acceptance of the reality that the team can accomplish more than any single person can on their own. Teams that aim high surround themselves with extraordinary people who are burdened with glorious purpose. People become extraordinary on a team because their strengths are utilized while their liabilities are covered by their teammates’ strengths. When

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The Barrier of Guilt and Arrogance

We tend to hit what we aim at. So why not aim high? Why not raise the bar of expectation? Why not shoot for the moon? The truth is that many teams are afraid of asking too much of each other if they aim too high. It feels better to aim low and accomplish a goal that

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How does a team honor the past?

The past should be considered a foundation upon which all future methods are built. Great teams that stand the test of time always look very different than they did on their first day. The reason we know this is because they have developed a culture that values rich history telling of the team. Great football teams retire the

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Honor the past to move forward.

If teams are expected to improve over time, they must constantly change and evolve. This requires a forward momentum that can sometimes feel painful because the old ways that brought so much success and comfort seem to be challenged. It’s important to acknowledge the successes of the past as the building blocks of a team’s current position.

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Turning On a Dime

One of the best attributes of a great teammate is flexibility. Great teammates have a mindset that everything that is done in the team context must be in the best interest of the team. This can be tested when new information requires a shift in direction. When we invest in a path or project over a period

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Reframing the Story

We all have stories we choose to tell ourselves. Those stories help us make sense of the circumstances we find ourselves in. The stories are almost always a mixture of fact and fiction. Facts are what we know and fiction is what we place in the blank spaces of a story to help us reconcile the facts

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Freedom to do what is best, not what we want.

When we are free to operate in our role on a team we must understand that we are given the responsibility to perform a role that others depend on. Freedom on a team is not a complete autonomy because we are bound to make decisions that are in the best interest of the team. Our preferences must

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Freedom On a Team…Communicate

Teammates who enjoy the most freedom understand they have a responsibility to communicate. Communication is the backbone of teamwork. It keeps everyone moving together and allows us to feed off of each other’s successes. When I perform my role and communicate to the team, my teammates are able to efficiently do their part. Those who fail to

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Freedom and Accountability

Leadership is all fun and games until you have to hold someone accountable. “How dare you say that I am wrong? Don’t judge me!” Our culture has taught a flawed view of freedom. Freedom comes with responsibility and accountability. Freedom without accountability is lawless anarchy. There is no safety in it. It is truly survival of the

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