Breaking the Survival Cycle

A team always has a choice when it finds itself in survival mode. They can struggle to survive or they can learn. When survival is the goal, survival mode can become a trap. When we focus on operating only, we cannot innovate enough to change our situation. We simply settle for life as we know it. Surviving becomes the goal and therefore the win. Great teams don’t ever settle for surviving. Their goal in survival mode is to learn how to thrive in their current situation. When learning is the goal, what was once overwhelming becomes easy and prepares the team for similar challenges in the future. Great teams do not settle for surviving.

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