Monthly Archives: May 2018

Any Given Sunday

Winning is the toughest thing to manage. Winning feels great. Winning often feels even better. That good feeling can be a trap because it can create a sense of entitlement to always come first. True winners earn the top spot. They work hard to get there because they know that it isn’t guaranteed. Once someone expects to

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Oil Change

Claiming that we can operate on less rest than the rest of humanity is a lot like saying that my car can drive fine without an oil change because so far it hasn’t stopped working. Can a car go without an oil change beyond the recommended period of time? Yes. It’s still a gamble to see how

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Rest is best.

Just because I have operated on less sleep, doesn’t mean I should make it a habit to sleep less. This is also true of breaks throughout the day. Just because we can work through, doesn’t mean we should. Rest is often overlooked because we fool ourselves of our “capacity” when we skip rest on a day that

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Fair Allocation

Fair isn’t about equal resources. Fair is about appropriate resource allocation. Everyone on the team is important but everyone on the team is not equal. Different jobs and tasks require different resources and those differences have little to do with the value of a teammate. This is also true about priorities. Urgent isn’t necessarily most important. It

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All Important

Everyone on a team should feel like an important part of the team. Great teammates have the ability to see the value of the work provided by others on the team. This allows them to resist the urge to compete for the team’s limited resources. The size of a person’s budget can communicate a status level on

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Should, but didn’t.

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

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

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

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

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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