Monthly Archives: March 2016

Making New Mistakes

Dan Pierce/ March 31, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 1 comments

Teams always have a choice when mistakes are made. They can either abide the mistakes or improve. The difference can be found in looking closely at the mistakes that occur. If a team continues to make the same old mistakes, then they have built a system that abides the mistake. The mistakes are never really solved but

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Surviving the Learning Curve

Dan Pierce/ March 30, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 1 comments

New is fun, but it’s also awkward. Whenever a team tries something new, it is important to understand that there will be a learning curve. We often overestimate our ability to master new skills and protocols and thus get unnecessarily disappointed when we are not as awesome initially as we imagined. New endeavors will always require a

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Swagger and Humility

Dan Pierce/ March 29, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Can these two things be true of you at the same time? Probably more often than we realize. Great teams are confident on game day and humble on the practice field. They handle stress better because of that confidence. That is a huge advantage in the most crucial times. Humility on the practice field is also an

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Permission to Refer

Dan Pierce/ March 28, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When an important responsibility is delegated to me, I feel empowered when I have permission to refer the decision to someone else if I am out of my depth. When we delegate, we share authority. Leaders should never abdicate their responsibility by passing it off on another teammate. Ultimately, the delegator is still responsible for the decision

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Delegate Candidate: Objective

Dan Pierce/ March 27, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When I delegate an important decision to another teammate, I want to make sure that they are the kind of person that is influenced by objective fact and not sentimental subjective emotion. When I coached, I had a rule that the best eleven were always on the field as much as possible. There were a lot of

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The better part of wisdom…

Dan Pierce/ March 26, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 1 comments

Wisdom is not just about knowing things. Wisdom is about understanding how to apply knowledge and having the ability to anticipate what comes next. When I am looking to identify wisdom in a teammate that I want to entrust additional authority to, I watch their delivery. Timing is everything and wise people know this. They know when

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Delegate Candidate: Wise

Dan Pierce/ March 25, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When a leader delegates decisions to someone, they must prove that they know when to think, what to think, and when to say it. Ideas and decisions are two very different things and require two very different types of thinking. More ideas create more choices to decide on. Wisdom comes through experience that delivers the right perspective.

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Delegate Candidate: Emotionally Secure

Dan Pierce/ March 24, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When a leader trusts the difficult decisions to another teammate they have to know that person can handle difficulty. It’s not as important that the right decisions are made by others but that the right decisions are made for the right reasons. If a person is emotionally secure they cannot be influenced to make decisions for the

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Who to Delegate To

Dan Pierce/ March 23, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When a team leader comes to the point of accepting limits and realizing that the leadership of the team is beyond them, they are usually ready to share authority. The thought that usually interferes with delegating something important is that nobody else can handle it as well as I can. This is why it’s important to choose

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Wise Team

Dan Pierce/ March 22, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

It’s one thing to delegate “no brainer” menial tasks. That kind of delegation might free up some time for the leader, but that doesn’t scale the authority structure of the team. Eventually the leader will run out of menial tasks to delegate and their effectiveness will hit a lid. The leader lid is removed when teammate’s that

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