Monthly Archives: August 2017

Changing the Flavor

Dan Pierce/ August 31, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Adding a new person to a team will inevitably change the identity of the team. That change can seem threatening, but it is a reality. New people do in fact threaten the status quo because it’s impossible to cause zero impact in an environment you enter. Expecting to preserve the identity of a team too closely is

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Clones

Dan Pierce/ August 30, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

A diverse team cannot stay diverse if there is an expectation that teammates give up their individual identity to choose to belong to the team identity. Embracing diversity requires an openness to uncertainty and misunderstanding. It’s easier to only allow those willing to become like “us” to join the team, but surrounding ourselves with those that are

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What's normal?

Dan Pierce/ August 29, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

One benefit of having a team is that each teammate can gain a sense of normalcy from the input of others. Everyone comes from a unique upbringing that can skew the perspective of an individual. A diverse team can capitalize on the strengths of that unique perspective by learning from that individual. The individual can also unlearn

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Stress Management

Dan Pierce/ August 28, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Leadership isn’t only about ability or opportunity. Leadership can be limited by a person’s ability to manage their stress. I think this is why we see some people excel at one level of leadership and then crash and burn when they spend some time at a new level of leadership. Pressure and stress takes a toll on

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The Audience of Justice

Dan Pierce/ August 27, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Something interesting happens when justice is necessary. The leader has the opportunity to make a just decision. The leader can make a hard choice or take the easy way out. What the leader may not always realize is that their decision is not made in private. The team is watching and learning what to expect if they

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Uncommunicated Expectations

Dan Pierce/ August 26, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

There is little in this life that is as unjust as expectations that are never communicated. What starts as a nice initial grace, evolves into the projection of knowledge and an unfair expectation that feeds silent resentment. This inevitably leads to an outburst that seems justified when sent, but comes as a completely confusing surprise to the

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Not So Nice

Dan Pierce/ August 25, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

If we mention the need for an adjustment early enough, we allow the adjustment time to be implemented. If we are “nice” and let it slide, we are not likely to see a correction. We will then see the need for adjustment over and over again. That repeat will become annoying and eventually the lack of correction

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The Pace of Justice

Dan Pierce/ August 24, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Accountability needs to be done in a reasonable amount of time or it loses its effectiveness and justification. We often delay hard talks because they are uncomfortable but that delay ruins the impact of the accountability. It takes courage to speak truth in a kind way and in a timely manner. This allows the correction to be

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Discipline as Accountability

Dan Pierce/ August 23, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

The word discipline has a few definitions. Someone can be disciplined when they workout every day. Someone may also be disciplined when they are in trouble. Perhaps that is why there is such an aversion to it. The connection between the two definitions is clear when we have a correct understanding of the outcome of “disciplining” someone.

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Prideful Lack of Discipline

Dan Pierce/ August 22, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

If discipline is a sign of humility then it stands to reason that the opposite of discipline would also be a sign of the opposite of humility. Pride can cause us to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. That hubris may place the cause of success in identity rather than practices. It’s this

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