Monthly Archives: November 2015

Knowing and Nerve

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

I believe that ignorance is not what separates the great teams from the ordinary ones. Knowing what needs to be done is the easy part. We have a wealth of knowledge in the form of infinite facts and opinions about how any situation should be handled. We can Google almost anything and get hours of content on

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Compromise and Expectations

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

Life happens and therefore compromises are made and plans change. This happens as unknowns become known and the information that informed the original plans changes. Great teams understand that this is what creates the need for flexibility. When a team successfully adjusts a plan and makes compromises, they must remember to also adjust expectations linked to that

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Giving Real Choices

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

Leaders have to be mindful of the choices they give. Position can often trump intention. A boss is rarely as funny as the responses to the jokes he tells would indicate. There are some leaders that are completely autocratic with their decision making and give their teams no choice in direction and method. No one really wants to

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The Maturity Test

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

I had lunch with a friend recently and he had the best definition of maturity when describing how he counsels people. Maturity is the ability to empathize with someone else. Mature people have the ability to resist the urge to project their own experience and thoughts onto others. They can step outside themselves and see things from

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Thankful

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

I have always been thankful for the team I have at home. I have a wonderful daughter who happens to be the most thoughtful person I know. She is always looking for ways to bless someone and she thinks of others feelings at the expense of her own. Her wit scares me and makes me laugh at

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Do you enjoy the big moments or do they scare you?

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

Every team will face big moments. Moments that will make or break a team. Everyone on the team knows who wants to be involved in the big moment and who is afraid to fail. Great teams step toward a challenge with confidence. Ordinary teams sense the big moment and respond with the fear of making a mistake.

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The Anti-Ego

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

People who have experienced the results that only come from hard work understand that those results are reserved only for those willing to work hard. People who watch others achieve rarely see the hard work and grind that goes into achieving and therefore decide that it is the result of random luck or privilege. Teams with a great

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Work Ethic

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

Work ethic is an interesting aspect of a team dynamic. A great work ethic has so many great effects on a team. Teams with a culture of hard work are not only more productive, but they seem to be more efficient. High productivity is more effort for the team with a poor work ethic. This is because

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Traditions

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

Our team traditions are important. The little rituals that help people choose to belong to a team can be fun and unifying. I have found that great teams treat their traditions differently than other teams. Teams that are effective hold on to traditions that make them more effective. These are traditions that unify the team but don’t

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Blow It All Up

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

The teammates that have worked closest with me know that I have a habit of blowing everything up every six months or so. I don’t change for change sake, but I notice that my job tends to grow and change in six month cycles so my methods and systems become obsolete very quickly. The constant necessity of

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