Great teams are constantly looking for the advantage. They see an early workout as an opportunity to get a jump on their sleeping competition. Ordinary teams see an early workout as an opportunity to sleep in because it’s too early and unreasonable to expect someone to work that hard at the beginning of the day. Great teams
It’s crazy to do something that challenges a long held belief. That belief unchallenged creates a status quo that seems firmly planted in time tested certainty. Teams outgrow past learnings the same way that students outgrow the need for numbers in a math equation. The first day the teacher writes letters on the board in a pre-algebra
Crazy ideas are not all that crazy if we are willing to take the risk of falling flat on our face. I am a firm believer that most ideas are achieveable if we have the nerve to see them through. What often places the crazy label on the ideas we have is just fear of failure, embarrassment,
We all start projects with a vision of what can be done. Along the way, we have a little annoying Jedi in our mind that attempts to wave its hand at us and convince us that what we started is too hard, too boring, or not worth sticking with. Great teams don’t mind trick themselves into the
I know some people are cat lovers. I am not. Cats don’t seem to care about anything until they want something. They are takers and live life with an arrogant expectation that we need to feed them, clean up after them, give them free massages and expect nothing in return. If you like cats and are ok
We are all capable of waiting until the last minute to do something. Is it a habit or a product of circumstance? It’s a choice every time. The truth is that everyone is given the same amount of minutes each day. Some people choose not to wait until the last one to act or get going. Some
Living last minute is a common practice in our culture. We have cars, smart phones, microwaves, and the internet to make sure that we can cut the required time off of normally time-consuming tasks. Unfortunately, we can get used to these advantages, and counting on them allows us to lapse into a lifestyle that is last minute.
Great teammates understand that their lack of planning will force another teammate to go above and beyond to make up for their lack of discipline. An occasional mistake because of a lack of planning can be expected and the cover of a teammate is part of the benefit of being on a team, but when we become
Forgiveness is something that builds trust within a team. We all wonder what would happen if we let someone down. In fact, a case could be made that a relationship isn’t tested until someone has the opportunity to forgive someone. Forgiveness protects a team dynamic because it allows people to learn from mistakes instead of fear them.
Insecure and unconfident people have to learn that the scenario they are afraid of will not result in the worst-case scenario. They will most likely survive if they do their job the best they can. Most reasonable people will learn that their worst fears aren’t as likely as they thought before they had experience. There are, however,