I remember being surprised that the concept of zero was unclear to Greek philosophers and mathematicians. Now that I am older, I do see everyday people struggle with the understanding that nothing can in fact be something. Teams that do not understand the cost of inaction will struggle to realize their goals. Hesitation is rarely the best
There are two types of teammates. One type works until they find a problem. At that point, they stop and report the problem and explain why they cannot move forward. The second type of teammate works through a problem without stopping until they find a solution. They then report the problem after the solution has been found.
Problems are normal. They don’t require dramatic overtures to get us to understand how important it is to solve the problem. The number one sign of maturity is the ability to discern between what is a big deal and what is a little deal. The immature tend to overreact to small things and not recognize the importance
Problems are in fact a problem. I have noticed that people on the team that feel stuck need acknowledgement before they can move on to solving the problem. When I fail to acknowledge the problems of teammates, I can come across as dismissive. A task that can be easily solved may not seem that way to someone
Every problem comes with an opportunity to learn. Lifelong learners make the best teammates because they see problems differently from those that are coasting through the week, trying to get to Friday as easily as possible. People like to say that they are lifelong learners, but that is proved by how they see the problems they have
Teams come together to solve problems. What happens when all of the problems are solved? Wouldn’t that be boring? I think so. Why then do we see problems as an inconvenience? Isn’t it because problems interrupt our fantasy of perfect plans? Most of the teams we are on are tied to our livelihood. The problems I solve
Teammates do not always see eye to eye. Teams that agree all the time either have a diversity problem or a lying problem. Teams that are made of secure and mature adults can disagree and move forward. Insecurity and immaturity can limit a team when disagreements threaten the necessary unity. People disagree and great teams understand this.
How comfortable am I with making a mistake? I have found that the answer to this question can be influenced by how comfortable the team is with making mistakes. Teams that welcome mistakes create a learning environment that allows the team to progress. Teams that punish mistakes create an environment of high pressure. Mistakes happen. The best
I am going to make a mistake today. You are going to make a mistake today. The people around us will make a mistake today. Mistakes are inevitable. They have a way of shining a light on what we lack. They make us feel incompetent and stupid. That’s because we are probably much more incompetent and stupid
Diligence helps us refuse to give in. Diligence requires a plan. It takes work, intention, and conviction. Those three requirements are the reason that the best result seems so difficult to accomplish. We only ever do what we care about. Saying something is a goal is a lot different than waking up in the morning ready to