Monthly Archives: December 2016

No Additional Trophy Needed

Dan Pierce/ December 21, 2016/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Participation trophies take a lot of ridicule these days. They are being cited as the cause for weak-minded individuals who can’t handle losing when they experience life outside the shelter of childhood. The truth is that people settled for mediocrity long before the concept of the 1990s “trophy” came to be. There are plenty of hard working

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What do I do when my best isn't good enough?

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

Winning isn’t everything. It’s how we play the game, right? That’s what we tell ourselves, our kids, or our team when we tried our hardest, did the best we possibly could, and still lost. The truth is that how we played only matters if we learn. Learning how to succeed is the real goal. The act of

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The Distraction of Authority

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

Power struggles seem to disappear when teams are focused on a mission. I have been on teams when the team seemed more interested on fighting each other for influence over the team than the fighting against the team’s opponent. This power struggle is an indicator of a team or teammate that is off-mission. The purpose of being

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Levels of Leadership

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

Every team dynamic has different levels of leadership. Depending on the size of a team, there can be team members that have more authority than others. This doesn’t mean that all of the influence resides in the highest levels of authority. A great team makes decisions in a unified manner and not an autocratic one. When every

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Dead-end Options

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

Walls are inevitable in our team pursuits. Constant progress isn’t always sustainable or healthy. What we do when we hit a wall says a lot about our team. We can stubbornly scratch at a wall and waste a lot of time. We could quit and accept that our goal was too lofty. We could claim that the

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Learning Less

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

Nothing hinders learning like excuses and blame. I watched a good football coach whine about the officiating after an important game. He never mentioned the turnovers and mistakes his team made that contributed to his team’s blown lead in a tough rivalry game. I was disappointed to listen to a quality coach place blame rather than accept

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Good question?

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

Failure teaches us. Sometimes in failure we learn that we are not good enough. Ouch. Not good enough. How do I live with that? Can I be better? Do I have a limitation? Am I at a disadvantage? Or…am I simply out of my depth? Is my effort and sheer will insufficient to make up for my

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It's not you, it's me.

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

If at every juncture I find myself thinking that I am the moral compass of a team, I might actually be playing on the wrong side. I am a great teammate when I can disagree without questioning motivation. I am not saying that there aren’t bad teams with bad people on them. If you figure out that

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The Diminishing Demonized Disagreement

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

Demonizing everything allows the real demons to hide in plain sight. If everything that disagrees with me is not just different but morally wrong, we end up seeing the world with a jaded perspective. Even if I don’t speak up about how wrong everything is, I have a skewed perspective on what is actually a threat to

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Who really crossed the line?

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

In our day and age, the line between immoral and amoral behavior seems to be shifting. With an enhanced ability to customize our daily information feed, we can now surround ourselves with everything we agree with and avoid, unfriend, hide, or report anything we don’t. This creates the tendency to lean towards more extreme views. How do

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