Monthly Archives: October 2017

No Right to Complain

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

Complaining about circumstances has little value in reality. It can make us feel better, but it doesn’t move the needle on the type of improved life we are looking for. If I don’t put in the work required for success, then I can’t legitimately complain about my own lack of success. A case could be made that

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Grown-Up Discipline

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

Discipline is an odd word. It can have a negative connotation in that it can mean punishment. We discipline our children when they misbehave. What we mean is that we reinforce the rule that was broken. This teaches the consequence of behaving in an undisciplined way. The hope, I imagine, would be that the consequence would be

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Convenience is not a right.

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

Rules teach us discipline. When something is against the rules, we must have the discipline to avoid it. It’s easy to say rules are made to be broken or to bend a rule. Often we paint a rule as immoral when really its inconvenient. Convenience is not a right and our integrity is measured in how we

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Focus on what is allowed.

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

Rules exist for very good reasons. Many rules exist to keep everyone safe and conditions fair. Rules get added when either safety or fair play are compromised. Rules can have a negative connotation but they teach us our limits. Too often people like to break rules because they don’t like being told no. Why not focus on

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Sticking to the Rules

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

Rules are important because they define the sport. The sport defines the team goal and the team goal defines the team purpose. Operating outside the rules of the game is often considered cheating. It’s more than that. It’s game changing. When we decide that the rules don’t matter, nothing defined by those rules matter. Rules set the

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Survival Thinking: Time and Place

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

Our bodies do a great job making sure that we survive. In survival situations, our bodies will default to certain systems to make sure that we get the right amount of water, food, and shelter. Surviving is what the body is best at. Our minds, however, allow us to thrive. The truth is, we should listen to

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Culling the Best

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

Low-challenge leaders have an empathetic heart for people. They want to protect the people they are responsible for because they believe that everyone on the team expects them to. That protection is not the sole role of a leader and when it becomes the ultimate governor of decisions, it has a cost. Over time, a low-challenge leader

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Low-Challenge Loop Effect

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

I have noticed some common traits in low-challenge leaders. These leaders almost always feel over-challenged themselves. They are likely overworked and understaffed. That is the paradox they create for themselves. When they resent their own state of high challenge, they don’t want to be like the leader that placed them there. So they care for their team

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Ignorance that leads to tragedy…

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

It should be no surprise that teams led by low-challenge leaders never reach their potential. Everyone seems comfortable while everyone is blissfully unaware of what they are capable of. These low challenge leaders are often worried about asking too much because of the potential for burnout. They seem to think that a low-challenge environment, where no one

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Arrogance that Limits

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

Some leaders are uncomfortable about asking for large efforts or high-challenge. This reveals that the leader doesn’t think much about the capacity of those they lead. There is an arrogance in this type of leadership that limits the entire team. The leader is arrogant enough to think that they can know how far each person is willing

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