Monthly Archives: October 2015

It’s hard to communicate when I am drowning.

Dan Pierce/ October 21, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Great teams seem to find themselves in cycles that make them great. They communicate well and that allows the team to make the adjustments in real-time that keep the grind of the workload manageable. Ordinary teams may find themselves in a cycle that perpetuates less than great outcomes. Teams that fail to properly communicate needs will likely

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Bottom Up Communication

Dan Pierce/ October 20, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

A team’s communication can be evaluated by its system of bottom up communication. Bottom up communication is communication from the teammates on the ground floor to the teammates that are decisions makers. How does information gets from those that implement the decisions to those that make the decisions? On small teams that can sometimes be the same

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“The greater source of ruin…”

Dan Pierce/ October 19, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

One of my favorite team quotes comes from a video game called Borderlands 2. “Ignorance and inconsideration are greater sources of ruin but they are slow and lack in spectacle.” This quote has so much truth to it when applied to a team for three reasons: 1) Great teammates understand that it is part of their role

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Closed Minds Mean Slim Odds

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

My level of disappointment is directly correlated to the speed at which I make up my mind. Once my mind is made up, I have narrowed the possible outcomes that I will be happy with. Multiply that narrow probability times the number of people on a team with different expected outcomes and we can see just how

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The Blame Narrative

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

Great teams manage disappointment by understanding its cause without assigning blame. Blame is person focused while cause is focused on circumstance. It is much easier to assign blame to an individual than the circumstances caused by the team. It fits the narrative that the team is good but may have a few bad apples. The problem with the

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Avoid or Manage

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

Ordinary teams spend too much energy avoiding disappointment and therefore see disappointment as failure. Great teams understand that disappointment is not something that can be realistically avoided. Since disappointment is inevitable within a team dynamic it doesn’t do a team any good to consider it a failure when it occurs. Managing expected disappointment is much more effective

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

What do I do when a teammate seems to have a pattern of impatience? A pattern of impatience demonstrates a lack of common expectations. If the expectations are not reasonable or reasonably communicated, then impatience is merely a result of poor communication. Clear expectations, as well as a commitment to participate in the communication systems that communicate

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Reasonable Expectations

Dan Pierce/ October 14, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 1 comments

Expectations breed frustration. Teams or teammates that are easily frustrated probably have unrealistic expectations. This comes from a lack of experience in achievement. This also has a lot to do with the whole “rich get richer” observation. Teams that have experienced winning have also experienced what it takes to win. They understand how difficult it is and have

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Managing Disappointment

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

Great teams understand that trouble always finds its way around. It’s why they plan and work so hard. Every plan has to have room for contingencies for the unexpected. If we expect the unexpected, then we are less likely to be disappointed when we don’t get our way. Disappointment is inevitable so great teams plan for it

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Communication: Is it worth it?

Dan Pierce/ October 12, 2015/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Team communication is important, but some things are better left unsaid. Words matter. However, when enough communication happens that doesn’t prove to matter, the important messages eventually lose their impact. What we choose to communicate is as important as how we communicate it. If the team begins to lose interest in our chatter, then our important communication

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