Monthly Archives: February 2019

Surprised I’m Surprised

Even the greatest planners are surprised by novel situations. In some ways, the very act of preparing for the possibility of being surprised mitigates the actual surprise when it comes. This allows a team to be in a better position to think on their feet and make sound adjustments without a panic. Overconfidence leads to an inflexible

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Use your imagination.

Thinking through how the team will respond to various possible scenarios allows a team to better prepare for unknowns and situations that are outside the team’s control. There is a nuanced difference between winging it and responding based on the imagination of the planners. A robust imagination can help game-plans better prepare for the unknown. 

Flexibly Informed

The best gameplans are not scripts. They may include a portion of a script that is designed to direct action and experimentation in order to gather information. That information is then planned to inform adjustments that are anticipated from the beginning of the team’s planning. Planning to adjust based on data that is later gathered allows teams

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Why Some Game-Plans Work

Every team is excited about their game-plan on the day they think it up. Some teams are excited when the game-plan works and they get to hold up a trophy or the equivalent to it. Other teams never really get to see their game-plan pan out. There are lots of reasons why a game-plan fails but there

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Mean Mediocrity

Why is it that those who settle for less seem to be childishly envious of those who actually achieve something amazing? Is it responsive to be a sore loser? Just a cursory look at Twitter will demonstrate that we like to be more skeptical and derisive of the winner than celebratory. Mediocrity is mean when it calls

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Excellence is weird.

It’s weird to do well. The typical bell curve tells us that there a way more people in the “C” range than the “A” range. That makes the “A” range less typical and anything that stands out that way is weird. I am willing to bet that is the number one reason so few people actually find

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Excellence Shaming

Great teams draw a lot of attention. The things they do that set them apart from ordinary teams allow them to enjoy success that everyone else wants but can’t seem to grasp. That can result in a form of shaming that always intrigues me. Great teams, or teams that are aspiring to do what it takes to

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Teams should work hard to maintain a healthy team dynamic so that the work they do is fun. It’s not that the team should stop and have a party every once in a while. That is fun and should happen to celebrate various important dates and achievements but that fun is planned and contrived. Healthy teams find

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Wanting vs Doing

One of the largest dysfunctions I have seen on a team is when a team desperately wants a certain result but is unwilling to do what it takes to achieve it. This sets the team up for exciting vision-casting that is followed by constant disappointment. These teams would do better if they set their sights within the

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Getting Outgrown

What if the team is growing and passing me by? What if my discomfort with the change is caused by my own lack of personal growth? It’s like a kid in a growth spurt who has to wear those jeans that don’t quite reach the ankle. Growth sounds like a good goal but those who are happy

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