Monthly Archives: May 2018

Should, but didn’t.

Dan Pierce/ May 26, 2018/ Discipline/ 0 comments

What should happen when we work hard? We should win or at least see some progress, right? Maybe it’s a diet that doesn’t seem to result in the desired weight loss or maybe it’s the effort put into an idea that gets scrapped at the last minute because it wasn’t really what the team was hoping for.

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Entitled Effort

Dan Pierce/ May 25, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

A great work ethic is an attribute of a great teammate. Included in that ethic is the idea that effort does not entitle me to anything if the effort doesn’t result in anything. Getting an “A” for effort was always meant to be a consolation prize and not actually something to aspire to. Great teammates understand this

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Rewarding Value

Dan Pierce/ May 24, 2018/ Feedback, Inspiring Your Team/ 0 comments

Teams that have valuable members should make sure they do everything they can to retain them. People leave teams for any number of reasons but smart teams never give great teammates a reason to leave the team by under-compensating them or limiting their ability to gain a promotion. It’s not about walking on eggshells. It’s about never

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Roster Bonuses

Dan Pierce/ May 23, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Behaviors that are rewarded are reinforced. Teammates should be able to identify what the team values by what it rewards. If the best reward is an annual roster bonus, then merely keeping my job becomes the goal. Passable effort becomes the goal instead of innovation and initiative because those require risk and risk threatens my reward. It’s

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Tenure

Dan Pierce/ May 22, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

As a former teacher, I have seen the pitfalls that come with tenure-based rewards. There is a time and place to honor someone for their long-term loyalty, but those rewards should never outweigh the reward and affirmation of a job well done. When this happens, entitlement can set in for those that seem to just be around

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Humility and Entitlement

Dan Pierce/ May 21, 2018/ Team Dynamics, Winning/ 0 comments

The clearest indicator of pride may be a sense of entitlement. It can manifest in a number of ways. We can feel entitled to a position on the team because of the expectation of certain rites of passage like tenure and effort. We can feel entitled to an endless supply of resources because we think our job

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Acceptance and Unity

Dan Pierce/ May 20, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Unity requires an acceptance of other individuals. This makes sense when we consider that a team is made of individuals that have many differences. The strengths of one individual overlap and compliment the liability of another. That is what makes a team a team. Unity within the team can only happen when individuals are accepted for who

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Intellectual versus Practical

Dan Pierce/ May 19, 2018/ Accoutability and Feedback/ 0 comments

Effectiveness can be measured in the ability to take ideas from the intellectual and theoretical realm to the practical reality that we are held accountable for. Every plan looks good on paper and every sentiment seems right until the rubber meets the road. The plan must be functional. Sentiments cannot limit the ability to move forward. If they

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Picking up the Slack

Dan Pierce/ May 18, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Some people cannot stand to let the team fail or let a ball drop. Others are not that bothered by mediocrity. This is especially true if other teammates “help” me out and make my mediocre effort look better than it is. This team dynamic is not healthy. It will create a resentment from those that pick up

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The Division of Unity

Dan Pierce/ May 17, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Teams that are unified are built to work together. A team that relies on the effort of a few talented people cannot be considered unified. This happens when quality teammates are taken advantage of by teammates that allow others to pick up their own slack too often. This creates a division of labor that becomes a division

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