Monthly Archives: October 2016

Isolation Drift

Dan Pierce/ October 31, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Great teammates understand that the greatest benefit of being on a team is never having to be alone. Isolation is a dangerous place to be because we operate without a backup. For some reason, teammates can tend to drift towards isolation. Maybe it’s the need to control the entirety of the project. Maybe it’s an aversion to

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Dan Pierce/ October 30, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

No, I’m not referring to the euphemism for a popular expletive. It’s what my football coach would tell the linebackers when they hesitated to make a play. Linebackers must learn how to read a play and anticipate where the ball is going to end up. There has to be an immediate action once the play is read

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Fear is universal.

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

Every teammate deals with fear. Insecurity, uncertainty, and doubt enter every person’s mind. If fear is universal, it stands to reason that success is not dependent on the absence of fear. What sets great teammates apart is that they don’t allow those fearful emotions to affect them. They show their quality by demonstrating the ability to lean

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Why the Bad Stay Bad

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

There is a paradox that happens on ordinary teams. People tend to separate into groups based on what seems like skill but is often really opportunity. If someone on the team proves to be competent, they often get more responsibility. That means they get more opportunities to prove themselves. A case could be made that an increase

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Losing the label…people can change.

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

Reputation is a powerful thing. This is why people give first impressions so much weight. Once we have been labeled, it is difficult to shed that label. The belief that people can change is not the default for most people. Great teams separate themselves from ordinary teams because they fight the urge to permanently label someone. If

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Hack vs Grind

Dan Pierce/ October 26, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

There are two types of people in the world, those that are constantly looking for the latest hack or short cut and those that don’t mind grinding away for incremental gains. Teammates that are constantly looking for the quickest way to get results are not always reliable because they spend so much energy looking for the shortcut

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Sacred Burgers

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

Sacred cows lose their sacredness when we are hungry. It is true that while necessity is the mother of all invention, she is also the butcher of the sacred cow. We tend to throw things overboard when we need to. Sentiment is lower on the priority list when the choice is survival or status quo. This is

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Sanctus Bovinus

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

Every organization has a history and that history can create what some call a sacred cow. It’s a practice, system, method or object that has been deemed untouchable due to its nostalgic value. Change agents tend to get mean looks or their hands slapped when they even glance at the sacred cow. Defenders of the status quo

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Show them where they fit.

Dan Pierce/ October 23, 2016/ Teambuilding, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Great teams don’t always wait for people to apply for open positions. The best people are not usually unemployed. Great teams need to go after great people. They need to recruit them in a way that shows how valuable they would be to the team. They sit down face to face with a prospective recruit and encourage

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Handcrafted beats mass-produced.

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

Handpick a person that fits the position, transmit your enthusiasm about an “opportunity”, and pitch the vision of the team and their role on it. Many times we do an open call for positions on the team. It’s a good start to find the interest. The hard work after a call for interest is to meet face

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