Monthly Archives: September 2016

A State of Deprivation Changes Who We Are

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

Deprivation is a state that actually changes how we think about everything. When I am hungry I am not myself. I get angry. When I get anxious I get impatient. When I am thirsty I cannot focus on anything except water. Deprivation robs a team of the ability to pursue goals because it creates a sense of

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Information Seeking

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

Information seeking is the best way for a great teammate to contribute. This goes beyond a simple Google search. People are the greatest resource of information. We all have experts in our lives that can give us information we would never even know to look for. In a team conflict, people are also great resources of information

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The Beginning, Not the End

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

Assumptions get a bad reputation. It’s because they are too often misused as the conclusion instead of the beginning. An assumption used as a fact will lead to a mind made up on unsubstantiated claims. A mind made up too soon is a terrible state of mind to be in when trying to contribute to a team

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Superposition

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

When did new become old? When did trendy become obsolete? When did our clever method become stale? I mean exactly when? Is there an exact moment of transition? Knowing that could optimize our systems. Would we notice though? On time becomes late at a certain second, but not everything is measured as easily as time. This is

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Two things can be true at the same time.

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

Not everything is in opposition. This is especially true with perspectives. Not all perspectives are true, but multiple perspectives can be stitched together to complete a truth. This is why it is important to never enter into an argument with our mind made up. Our perspective could be incomplete and could benefit from including additional information that

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Encouragement

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

Encouragement isn’t a pat on the back. It’s a human wall that doesn’t allow a teammate to cut and run.¬†Encouragement is standing firm with someone. It’s the spouse that supports you in your diet by joining you and not letting you eat the cookie. It’s the team that cheers you when you are under the heaviest weight

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Accountability Limits Compromise

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

No one wakes up in the morning planning on letting someone else down. That’s why accountability works. It’s not always about getting in trouble. Most of us can handle the mild repercussions of our compromises. The biggest deterrent of a great teammate is letting the team down. When teams intentionally communicate status, they tap into a level

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Deep Rest

Dan Pierce/ September 13, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

We can take breaks, but often that only delays work that is due. Deep rest only comes when nothing else is in the queue. It’s hard to rest when there is a deadline pressing against us. A vacation must have days without an agenda. Without a “no agenda day” a vacation is just another day. The key

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Moments of Compromise

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

We all have moments of compromise. What we do in those moments determines our success. It happens when we come across a great reason to cheat on our diet. If we eat the birthday cake because after all, it is a birthday, we have chosen to compromise. If we hold strong in that moment, we can leverage

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Plant the Seed of Joy

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

The seed of joy is often found in thoughtful acts. Like a breadcrumb to a possible connection. It’s joy that draws a team closer together. Joy depends on humanity and humanity depends on care for the other. Great teams care and go out of their way to communicate that care. One thing always leads to the other.

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