Monthly Archives: February 2016

House Rules: Onboarding

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

When we bring people onto our team, it is important to communicate the idiosyncrasies of the team culture. A team is a family. Every family has a set of house rules. The house rules are rarely written down anywhere. They take at least a few months for new teammates to catch on to. Even then, they may

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Destructive Talent

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

The team dynamic is the vehicle of team success. Sacrificing the team locker room for talent is like attaching a rocket to a race car. The car may go fast initially but eventually the rocket will tear the car apart. Great teams filter recruits for more than the talent to be gained. A great question to ask

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Choosing a Locker Room

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

A healthy locker room begins and ends with the personalities that are on the team. Recruitment is a term that teams use to describe how they pick their players. Great teams understand that they have a huge responsibility in picking the right players for their team. The right players are not just the most talented, but also

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Locker Room

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

A healthy locker room is key to any team. It’s the scene for all of the behind the scenes conversations. Great teams never neglect the locker room. They make sure that the environment is both safe and healthy for the team to decompress and debrief the results of a practice or game. When the locker room is

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Choosing to Belong through a Repurposed Life

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

Every team is unique and has a unique purpose. It’s important that team goals and purposes are reasonable and achievable. Every teammate has a responsibility to choose to belong to the team, its culture, and purpose. Once a teammate makes the choice to join, they must make the necessary adjustments in their life in order to make

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Talking People into It

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

I have learned that if you can talk someone into something, someone else can talk them out of it. This is important to realize when a team is looking to cast a vision and move forward. Teammates must choose to belong to the team and the team must clearly communicate what everyone is supposed to choose to

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Disparaging Diligence

Dan Pierce/ February 13, 2016/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

I have noticed that great teams never disparage diligent effort. They know that one of the main attributes that led their teams to greatness is diligence. I have noticed that there are those who disparage diligence as unnecessary, almost as if it’s trendy to be nonchalant and cool about not sweating the details. This can gain a following

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Suspicions Cloud Conclusion

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

Suspicions are just as dangerous as a hunch because they are aimed at people. Teammates who become suspicious of each other are not participating in a healthy team dynamic. When faced with the unknowns of a problem, our brains work hard to quickly fill the unknown gaps. The internal motivations of teammates are often unknown and therefore our

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Hunches are dangerous.

Dan Pierce/ February 11, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Hunches are dangerous because they can close our minds to finding the best solution. Hunches are really assumptions backed by a strong feeling. Strong subjective feelings can be useful to lead us to a right course if they are tested and proven true. Our gut feelings are a combination of our subconscious and our experience working out

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Band-Aid Solutions

Dan Pierce/ February 10, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

In the heat of the battle, Band-Aids come in handy. They cover a wound and help an injury from getting worse in the moment. Sometimes Band-Aids aren’t really necessary, but the placebo effect gives us a peace of mind to move forward. The placebo effect is not a misuse of Band-Aids. The misuse is when we leave

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