Monthly Archives: October 2015

Nostalgia

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

I have learned that nostalgic thoughts have their place. There is always a place for remembering where you have come from. I have learned that we tend to have selective memories when we fondly look back at the “good ol’ days.” As I age, I am finding how true the statement is that says, “The older I get,

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Changing nothing changes everything.

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

Maintaining is never the same as conquering. So why do some fight so hard to defend what they have achieved? Satisfaction? Fear of the unknown? Pride in what has been accomplished? Perhaps. No matter the motivation, the choice to change nothing actually is a change in and of its self…and is almost never is the best option.

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The Constant

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

Change is a constant whether we like it or not. Change will come. That thought is scary for some and exciting for others. Great teams either get better or they atrophy in the status quo. Either way, tomorrow is never the same as today or yesterday. Staying the same does have an effect on the team. The

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Settling for the Extreme

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

Team dynamics are best when they are diverse in skill and opinion. Great teams allow each other to speak into their lives and they respect the stances that their teammates take on the issues that get discussed. Ordinary teams don’t take the effort to draw close to each other but rather protest and settle on the extreme

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Contributor or Victim?

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

I have a choice every day to be a contributor on a team. Contributors take responsibility for the tasks that their team members depend on them for. They expect to be held accountable by their teammates and own their mistakes. When I make excuses, I am choosing to be the opposite of a contributor. I am choosing

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Hidden Costs

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

There is a cost to every decision. If it were only measured by the money that we will spend on a decision, then it could be easy, but money isn’t the only factor. Money, time, effort, and personnel are all resources that should be factored into a costly decision. If we go for the cheapest option, we often get

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Appreciation can’t be faked.

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

So how do we create a safe environment for feedback? It begins in the heart of each individual on the team. I have to ask myself if I am content to only receive affirmation or do I truly want to get the feedback that I need to get better. The answer is found in the story that

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Appreciating Feedback

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

Having a culture of feedback is easier said than done. The measure isn’t in the statement but in how safe the team feels about giving feedback. This one is difficult to measure if a leader has not created a safe enough environment to receive feedback. They inevitably will hear a conditioned positive response when they go to

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How is information handled?

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

Cultivating a culture of communication happens every time information is shared. People learn very quickly what others do and do not want to hear. Most people want to give their teammates what they want. This is why negative feedback is sugar-coated or not given at all. This is also why people will only share certain information with

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Valuing Communication

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

Teams must value communication in order to make it a priority. When a team has been conditioned to operate without good communication, it is difficult to shift momentum. Problem solvers can get into a groove where they would rather trouble shoot on their own without help. It can be expedient to eliminate debate and discussion on the

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