Monthly Archives: April 2018

What made it good?

I look forward to hearing about my family’s day. When I ask how someone’s day was, I’m usually looking for more than a one word answer. That means that if I get a simple, “Good.” as a response, I usually follow up with a second question. “What made it good?” I’d be disappointed if the answer to

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Just Say No

Quitting is a lot like a drug when you think about it. Remember back to the first time you quit something. It was likely a difficult decision. Perhaps it was difficult to abandon the investment of time and money. Maybe it was hard because you wanted to avoid the stigma of a quitter. But you have to

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I got your back…or do I?

There should be no more encouraging and unifying phrase than, “I got your back…” Unfortunately teammates can have different operational definitions of what that actually means. Circling the wagons against an outside threat seems to be a common definition. However, I find that teammates often miss opportunities to have each other’s back because they are fearful in

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What is your threshold?

When does quitting enter your mind? Is it when you fail? Is it when it looks like you’re about to fail? Is it when the endeavor becomes inconvenient? Is it when you experience pain? Is it when your support abandons you? Is it when you don’t feel like doing the job anymore? Is it when you stop

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Looking for the finish line or the excuse?

Tenacity is an important attribute for a great teammate. Tenacious people don’t quit as easy as others. I believe this is because they have enough confidence to accomplish what they set out to do. That may sound like a no-brainer but it isn’t what everyone does. Some people start endeavors with no real intention to finish. They

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Chemistry over Competence

What is the most important outcome of an interview process? Competency and character should be a given and are easy to spot disqualifications for. Chemistry is far more important to discern in the interview process. Does the candidate get out of their bed in the morning for the same reason that we do? Does your team have that

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The Intimacy/Inspiration Correlation

What inspires people? The answer to that is probably broad. Teams must know each other well in order to know what inspires them. Teams cannot simply function as a group of individuals that benefit from the collective effort and complementary skillsets. Teams must develop a rapport and level of intimacy to truly function as a unit that

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The Cause

Teams require inspiration. The source of inspiration should be a worthwhile cause. The cause needs to be worthwhile because the team needs to believe in it to the point of enthusiasm. The grind of hard work for a cause over time can diminish the collective enthusiasm of a team.  When enthusiasm wanes, it is the job of

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Want versus Best

A leader with a mature attitude has a much easier time letting go of what they want so that the team can accomplish its best outcome. Too often, teams are limited by the comfort level of the leader. The team hits its lid of achievement. A mature attitude allows a leader to understand that what they want

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Proactive and Secure

A mature leader is patient in the face of adversity that is likely to pass over time. Things rarely go as planned and adversity requires a mature attitude to navigate through it. Maturity leans into adverse situations because strength and growth are often the outcome. Naïve attitudes fear the bad look of adversity and do everything they

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