Monthly Archives: March 2016

Who makes the call?

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

When we define roles, it’s important to trust decisions to the correct role. Perspective is the key component to understand who makes what call. Players don’t often call the plays because they don’t have the proper perspective of the entire field while they are standing on it. Coaches don’t make line calls because the players have the

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The Democracy Myth

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

In a democratic society, it’s difficult to understand that not every team is a democratic situation. It is true that America is a free country. Everyone usually has the inherent freedom to join whatever team they want. Part of choosing to join a team is choosing to submit to the authority structure that helps the team move

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Scaling Leadership

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

When a team grows because of its successes, the leader must scale the leadership of the team. The system of decision making and authority that got them to the new found success will not carry them through to future success. Scaling the authority structure means sharing the authority of the team so that the burden of leadership

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The fork in the road…

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

Disappointment has a way of hurting us deeply. This hurt can cause a fork in the road that will separate the great team from the ordinary team. Disappointment can either be a driving force to do better tomorrow or it can cause us to clam up and hide. Ordinary teams focus on the hurt and work hard

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Distrust the emotion of disappointment.

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

Every team runs into disappointing moments. Great teams focus on the cause of the disappointment rather than the disappointment itself. It takes discipline to resist the urge to revel in the feelings that come with disappointment. Cynical people like to say “I told you so.” Optimistic people are completely sideswiped because the unthinkable happened. Every disappointment has

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Trust and Role Definition

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

When trust is present then roles are better defined. Or is it the other way around? If I know that my teammate is competently handling his part of a job, I can better focus on my own part. This is especially true if my part depends on his part. If we succeed in enough projects together, we

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Dropping the Ball as a Team

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

When roles are not clearly defined, important tasks can fall through the cracks. It’s usually the simple task that anyone could have done, but everyone assumed that someone else took care of it. If it’s everyone’s job, it’s no one’s job. It’s important to put a name on every task so that the team avoids assuming that

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Double Work

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

Ordinary teams that do not clearly define roles will inevitably double work. Double work can happen for a couple reasons. Some teams plan for double work by assigning someone a job that they don’t trust them to do. When that person completes a task, someone else on the team checks their work and redoes it. This is

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Cross Pollination

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

Every team functions with teammates that work in complimentary roles. Everyone has a job and depends on the other members of the team to do their jobs. It’s a good practice to make sure that more than one person on the team knows how to do your job. Having people train in areas outside of their own

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Share the Load

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

Great teams accomplish more simply because they share the work load. Individuals like to think that they can do more than they actually can. That’s why we often don’t plan for traffic or overpromise and under deliver. A team that trusts each other can do much more than a group of individuals that work near each other.

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