Monthly Archives: December 2015

Evaluation

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

Rest not only allows for recovery but also reflection. It’s difficult to truly evaluate a piece of work when we are in the midst of it. In fact, our brains do not materialize their best ideas until we have worked and then walked away for a while to think about something else. How often has that missing

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Humans are funny…

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

Long time team members will have a deeper connection. Team members who work closely together will have a different connection than those who are not required to collaborate as much. Great teams embrace and accept the realities of how human relationships develop. Ordinary teams allow unrealistic expectations to drive the internal politics and get distracted by the

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Relationships are not threats.

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

Every team dynamic is interwoven with relationships between teammates. Healthy teams are not threatened by the different relationships within the team. It takes a level of maturity to understand that some people have a natural affinity that I will never have. My place on the team is not connected completely to how close I am with each

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Brevity is the enemy of characterization.

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

It takes time to get to know people. It’s important to properly onboard new teammates. Part of a proper on-boarding process are reasonable expectations for relationships. Teams are tight. It’s unreasonable for either the team or the newbie to expect to be as close as those that are currently on the team. Some teammates have worked together

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Communication

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

Since some of our best ideas happen in the negative space between projects and events, it stands to reason that we should communicate these ideas to the team. Teams that do not plan for space between projects are not planning to learn anything from those projects. There are golden nuggets of insight that teammates can share with

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The Wrong Time for Sentiment

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

As great as our sentimental thoughts make us feel there is a time to put them away. Sentiment is great for reflection and appreciation but is terrible for decision making. Decisions made for sentimental reasons usually hold onto the past for far too long. Sentiment is great for remembering but for that same reason it makes moving

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The Right Time for Sentiment

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

Sentiment makes us feel good. It allows us to think about things that give us those warm fuzzy feelings. Sentiment helps us honor memories of the past that we want to cherish. It helps us give thoughtful gifts to those we care about. Sentiment feels good and its time and place is during special occasions like birthdays,

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Rest

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

If a team doesn’t rest well, it hasn’t accepted its limits. Teams learn their limits when they push through efficient barriers. More is not better. Proper work schedules include rest to keep teams as close to optimum productivity and efficiency as possible. Work schedules that do not account for rest tend to start strong but never truly

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Negative Space

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

Negative space is something that happens in the offbeat. It’s the rest. The silences between events. It’s the blank, undeveloped, untouched part of the canvas that serves as contrast to the brush strokes. Negative spaces are often invisible in our lives because we don’t plan for them. We fill up our lives to the brim without thought

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Cost of Impatience

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

When a great idea is rushed and implemented too quickly, it loses some of its potential. This can cause a team to lose faith in a direction that they should have further developed. The great idea isn’t a bad one because it couldn’t be implemented well on short notice. Development happens over time and an overnight success

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