Monthly Archives: December 2017

The End

Dan Pierce/ December 31, 2017/ Discipline, Inspiring Your Team/ 0 comments

Today is the last day of the year. It’s a good moment to look back and assess how we did. Did I get significantly better at what matters? Did I improve in all my roles? Am I more or less disciplined? Am I making a difference? Am I just kicking the same can down the same road?

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The Danger of Distance

Dan Pierce/ December 30, 2017/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

No one likes a micromanager. It doesn’t feel good to not be trusted by others to make decisions about the things that I am responsible for. The lack of trust that results from micromanagement is dangerous for everyone involved because decisions are made by someone that is too distant from the situation to be effective. Authority needs to

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Authority and Responsibility

Dan Pierce/ December 29, 2017/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

The key to empowering others is to make sure responsibility is given with authority. When someone is given a task, they must have some decision-making ability. Leaders should give the direction towards a destination but the best person to decide the details of how to get from here to there is the person that is responsible for

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Development

Dan Pierce/ December 28, 2017/ Handling Failure, Winning/ 0 comments

Winning is usually the goal but the ongoing goal of every great team is to continue to develop. Win or lose, development is always at the forefront of a great team’s mind. It’s one thing to play the game today, but great teams are great long-term because they see the world through the glasses of the long

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Life and Sport

Dan Pierce/ December 27, 2017/ Discipline, Winning/ 0 comments

Winners in life and sport tend to be more disciplined than those that consistently don’t win. Win or lose, it is a fact so we can either get better at playing the game or pretend that we are not really trying to win when we lose. People can either live in such a way that puts them

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What if everything is a race?

Dan Pierce/ December 26, 2017/ Discipline/ 0 comments

Everything is not a race but we do tend to talk about being behind or catching up when we are not progressing on schedule. In our western culture, we live in such a way that makes being on time and being first a virtue. We may not like it but it is the context in which we

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Making Memories

Dan Pierce/ December 25, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Nostalgia can be dangerous for any team because it takes the focus of the team off of the path forward by looking back. However, there is a time and place for everything. The holidays are the time for nostalgia and making new memories that should be cherished. Our children listen to how we talk about the Christmases

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Slow Starter

Dan Pierce/ December 24, 2017/ Discipline/ 0 comments

I have heard people say that they are more of a night person than a morning person. I understand that there are different types of people in the world. Everyone is entitled to their own choice and preferences. What if we didn’t call the categories night owl or early bird? What if we called them early-starter and

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I like sleep more.

Dan Pierce/ December 23, 2017/ Discipline/ 0 comments

People that have discipline issues likely need to like sleep a little less. Sleep is great in the right amounts and the at the right moment. It’s vital to our health and should be a high priority. Too many people put sleep too high on the priority list when they sleep in long enough to be constantly

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Get Ahead

Dan Pierce/ December 22, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Sleeping in only feels good when I’m ahead on my task list. This is because I don’t like to work so that I can rest. That outlook is unsatisfying. It makes the clock move slower during the day. I prefer to rest so that I can work. Rest is important, but its more like a timeout of

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