Monthly Archives: May 2016

Love the Grind

Teammates that love the grind of the job as much as their results are the best teammates to be around. They enjoy their job. The work doesn’t always seem like work because it is what they live for. Teammates that are only in the game for the celebration of the win will likely be discontent as they

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Inconvenience or Opportunity?

The greatness of a team can be predicted by the way they view the bumps in the road. Great teams know the “plan” will be adjusted along the way. They know that victories are the result of seeing life as opportunities to be taken and not a path that avoids the inconvenient.

I told you so…

Second guessing rarely communicates that someone has their teammate’s back. The act of second guessing is unsupportive in and of itself, so it may feel like a leap to assume that support would come later. Great teammates need to be intentional to both be supportive and sound supportive. In the aftermath of a failure or loss, it’s

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Forks in the Road to Excellence

Once we declare that our team is committed to excellence, we will find ourselves on a path with many forks along the way. Right after the pep talk about how good we intend to be, we will face challenges to our discipline, identity, and sentimental values. These forks are places of decision that unfortunately make the cost

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Discounting Future Excellence

The difference between the ordinary team and the great team is that the great team is willing to do what it takes to become excellent while the ordinary team compromises excellence along the way. Every small compromise adds to a discounted excellence in the future. It’s easy to say that excellence is the goal when we start.

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The Outcome/Practice Dichotomy

Everyone says that they want excellence for their teams. Goals and pep talks tend to be similar for both great teams and ordinary teams. The distinguishing factor is the commitment to practice what they say they want. Outcomes demand certain actions. Ordinary teams are often confused by the difference between the outcomes that other teams obtain over

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Default Settings

We all have methods that seem like second nature. When a team is wanting to improve, they have to consider that many of their “default settings” could be what is producing their “default” outcomes. It stands to reason that a team that is striving for excellence is admitting to being less excellent than they want to be.

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Appetite for Excellence

Excellence is a subjective measure. This means that depending on a person’s perspective, the operational definition will change. A person’s appreciation and appetite are directly correlated to their experience. I used to think sushi was a disgusting idea for a meal. I finally gave in and tried it after a friend did his best to introduce it

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Excellence versus Average

We all think that we know the difference between excellence and average. In sports, it’s easy to identify excellence at the end of the year when the MVP and championship trophies are handed out. Average is less obvious because it looks like everything else. It’s an outlook that defines good as the absence of bad. Excellence is

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Incurable bitterness is a deal breaker.

Bitter people do not want resolution, they want revenge. This state of bitterness is easy to identify because the bitter teammate will talk to everyone about their hurt except the ones that caused it. This bitterness is divisive because it seeks revenge rather than reconciliation. It’s a sad state for someone to be in because if they don’t recover,

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