Monthly Archives: December 2016


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

Not every teammate is on the lookout for hope. Many people default to doubt. They pride themselves on being realistic. I wonder sometimes if that’s not a cover for the pride that demands that every effort be put towards something with a guaranteed success. How often does our insecurity about not being seen as good at something

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

Hope is a strong motivator for any team. In fact, it’s probably why we didn’t quit when everyone else did. Hope is different from a stubborn pride that refuses to quit. It’s more of a feeling of triumph before it happens. Hope is a vision to victory. It’s the light at the end of a tunnel. It’s

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Settling for Effort

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

Who is keeping score? What items count as points? It’s easy when we play a sport and the team can point to the scoreboard to determine a win. What happens when the win isn’t that clear? Great teams can identify their win. It’s not enough to work hard. Working hard isn’t the goal. The goal is whatever

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Yards or Points?

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

Football teams have to reach the end zone to consider their drive a success. If they go eighty yards and turn the ball over in the end-zone, they produced no points. The team with the most points wins. The team with the most yards can feel great about their offense, but if they don’t put points on

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Intentionally Lucky

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

A life lived with intention understands timing. An undisciplined life never quite gets the “when” for anything. The thought that intention requires allows a team to see into the future just enough to anticipate needed adjustments. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Intention keeps the great teams ahead of the ordinary ones. They

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Condescending Criticism

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

Condescending Criticism Not every ordinary team keeps the peace. Some teams swing the pendulum in the opposite direction and use criticism to control others on the team. They act as if their constant criticism qualifies them as an expert and therefore places them above their teammates. Criticism that is used for the purpose of control results in

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Keeping the Peace

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

A culture of critique is a vital part of a great team’s dynamic. Ordinary teams do not know how to cultivate a culture of critique. They avoid the hard talks that can help them improve on a daily basis. They pretend that everything is always copacetic so that no one ever has to be uncomfortable. This peace

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Sense of Urgency

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

Teams work best when they have a sense of urgency. This allows the team to see how limited time affects the decisions that they make. A shared sense of urgency helps everyone on the team to align their priorities. When priorities are aligned, then the internal competition for influence and resources cease, and the team can move

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Appreciating Opportunities

Dan Pierce/ December 23, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Our progress creates space for future progress, just like our progress was made possible by the progress made by those that came before us. Our appreciation is just as limited because it’s difficult to appreciate something that we haven’t experienced ourselves. We should all be grateful for the opportunity to pay it forward. Great teams honor the

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Paying Progress Forward

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

In a world where progress is the goal, we sure do like to remind the next generation of what it was like before cars, tin foil, sliced bread, microwaves, Netflix, and the internet. As if we didn’t have it easier than those that came before us. The next generation will work hard to solve the problems that

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