Monthly Archives: January 2016

Disparaging Success

Dan Pierce/ January 21, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

A narrative that reasons that consistent winners only win because they cheat categorizes any action that isn’t done by the less successful as clearly immoral. Those actions can be disparaged because they are correlated with the elusive success others seem to obtain. The success the cheaters experience also becomes immoral and the bar is lowered to a

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Amoral versus Immoral

Dan Pierce/ January 20, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

The moral line is important to define for every team. There are clearly immoral actions that any team can take. Cheating and deceptive practices are universally considered immoral. Other actions are not as clearly “light side or dark side” in nature. I have noticed that there are far more amoral actions than immoral ones. I have often

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Winning is Amoral

Dan Pierce/ January 19, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

It won’t take long for those that consistently win to be targeted for being immoral. Consistent winners are often labeled as cheaters. It’s easy to create a narrative that paints those that are more successful than us as taking some moral short cut that our team would never entertain. It’s especially easy to suggest or discover those

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Winning Isn’t Everything

Dan Pierce/ January 18, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

That is the sentiment of teams that consistently do not end up on the winning side. There is truth to it. Winning isn’t everything. Winning is the by-product of great preparation and great effort. Moral victories are great but they are only useful if they are learned from and not allowed to replace actual victories. Goals are

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The Proverbial Light

Dan Pierce/ January 17, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Quitters never really see the light at the end of the tunnel and therefore the proverbial light is still theoretical in their experience. Winners keep winning because they have experienced that end of the tunnel. Therefore, they not only know what it takes to get there, but they also believe that it actually exists. Quitters have to

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Winners understand endurance.

Dan Pierce/ January 16, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Endurance is likely the distinguishing attribute between teams that win and those that don’t. Winners know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. They understand the endurance and pace necessary to reach the end. They understand what resources are necessary. They understand which compromises to make and which ones to avoid. Understanding all of these factors culminates

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Act like you have been there before.

Dan Pierce/ January 15, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Winning requires more than luck, values, and identity. Winning requires a relentless and consistent effort towards a goal. Winning requires a tenacity that never stops trying to figure out the winning formula. The winning team doesn’t allow their values to compromise victory but rather adjusts them to ensure it. Teams that build an identity that limits progress

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The Losing Blindspot

Dan Pierce/ January 14, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Winning provides the most complete experience. Teams that never truly win never gain the experience to win. They develop a blindspot in what it takes to win. That blindspot is filled with projection and excuses. Other teams win because they are less moral than us. Other teams win because they got a lucky draw. Other teams win

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The Will to Win

Dan Pierce/ January 13, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Teams that talk about winning and teams that win are clearly separated by the actions that happen in between. The will to win is as important to winning as anything else. Is the team willing to do what it takes to win? This is a very general statement. What does it take? Teams with the will to

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Define the Win

Dan Pierce/ January 12, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Every team exists to win. Some people are uncomfortable with that statement. Teams must define their win. What does it look like? Once that is established, it should be communicated through the team’s values and identity. Those that join the team learn what the win for the team is more by its culture and values than its

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