Monthly Archives: March 2017


Dan Pierce/ March 21, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Transitions are difficult. Hollywood does something called takes because postproduction editing makes each scene appear like a seamless transition. When you force Hollywood to do live transitions, you get the awkwardness that are the various award shows. Real time transitions happen all day. They don’t have to be as awkward as the Oscars. With some intention, a

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Outgrowing a Job

Dan Pierce/ March 20, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Very few people ever do the same job forever. Over time, the job will outgrow me or I will outgrow the job. As we become more skilled and experienced, we can look forward to new challenges in new positions. It’s important to have this reality in mind so that we can make long term decisions that set

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React or Create?

Dan Pierce/ March 19, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

What do we spend the most time doing? What dictates our day? Are we spending time reacting or creating? The distinction is important because I have learned that it is difficult to do both. Things need to be maintained. It’s a fact of life and the result of the curse of Adam or the second law of

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Dan Pierce/ March 18, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When coached, I wanted my defensive players to believe that the football belonged to them even though the ball started the play in the offense’s hands. It’s a perspective that said our goal was not just to stop the offense, but to take the very thing away that made them the offense. That perspective clarifies the true

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Imposing Our Will

Dan Pierce/ March 17, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When I coached football, I focused on the defensive side of the ball. I learned that defenses were often dictated by the offensive play call. Ordinary defenses read the play and reacted to what the opposing offense tried to do. The best defenses spend far less time reacting because they work to disrupt whatever play call the

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Buyer's Remorse

Dan Pierce/ March 16, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Usually when I am quick to abandon a commitment or discipline, it is because I never really wanted to commit to anything. I just wanted the favorable results of said commitment. We know this happens when we immediately regret a commitment. It’s a type of buyer’s remorse. Why did I say I was going on this diet? Why

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Conditions Change

Dan Pierce/ March 15, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

We often forget conditions change. It’s easy to swear off fatty foods right after we overeat and experience the discomfort of that decision. The conditions change when the discomfort of hunger drives us to crave that same meal that was so aversive when I was full only a few nights previous. If my commitments change as often

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Outlasting Discomfort

Dan Pierce/ March 14, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Feelings that are inconsistent with a previous decision often cannot be trusted. They are usually the result of discomfort and discomfort tends to have more pull in our minds than logic when it matters most. What influences my decisions? Is it most often the commitment I made or the fear of the moment that causes me to

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Unfaithful Feelings

Dan Pierce/ March 13, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Living by what we know instead of how we feel is the key to longterm success. I am willing to bet that 99% of the compromises we make to settle for less than best is the result of listening to our heart instead of our head. Put another way, I allow the feeling of the moment to

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Over Before It Started

Dan Pierce/ March 12, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Systems check and checklists are vital to consistent quality and improvement. When a team thinks they are so good that they don’t need the reminder that a checklist provides, they have lost the game before the game even started. Operating without a checklist is a lot like driving without a seat belt. There is a overinflated sense

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