Monthly Archives: May 2019

The Diligent Team-Builder

Diligence is a rare attribute. It requires not just patience but a consistent commitment to finish regardless of how long the endeavor takes. I often underestimate how long real change and significant growth takes. This causes things to take longer than I anticipated and when that happens, I have to make a choice to finish what I

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The Patient Team-Builder

Rome was not built in a day. Great teams were not either. This is true even if top talent comes together to form what looks like a great team on paper. The team dynamic still needs to develop over time. Collaboration requires more than a common goal. It requires a commitment to the time required to learn

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The Humble Team-Builder

It takes humility to build something bigger than yourself. A team is not supposed to revolve around one person but our egos like to make everything revolve around us. True teams require a commitment to collaboration. That commitment requires comfort with sharing the spotlight. Anytime the team-builder believes the old adage, “if you want something done right,

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Three Attributes of a Team Builder

Everything has to start somewhere. Team building is no different. Building a team is more difficult than most people realize. Pulling other people together to work toward a common goal takes patience, diligence, and humility. All three of these attributes must be present for any team to have a chance of forming and fulfilling its purpose. Team

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Why YouTube Works

Every team must have a strategy to defeat their opponent or accomplish their goals. A good strategy is based on practical action steps and not just theoretical sentiment. Teams must be able to separate the world and how they think it should operate from how the world actually operates. Everything learned in a classroom won’t translate into

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Go Stores

Amazon had a great idea based on observation of a longtime trend: a cashless store. This is obviously a convenient way for people to shop. This eliminates waiting in lines. This eliminates having to carry cash on a run. All someone has to do is bring the one thing they never leave home without, their phone. The

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The Courage to Innovate

Innovation is a fun way to live. It revolves around looking at the world and seeing ways that it can be better. Some of the best things we enjoy today are the result of someone’s great idea coming to life. This only happens when someone has the courage to not only try something new, but to start

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Who has the right of way?

Do I expect as much freedom as the next person? That sounds reasonable but there is a problem with that expectation. Freedom and entitlement to freedom only ever look good on paper. In reality, one person’s freedom is likely to infringe on another person’s freedom. Think about how people decide who is to go first when two

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Free?

Organic management (or mismanagement) seems cool in theory because it feels free and democratic but eventually the actual limits remind everyone that no one is ever as free as they want to be. The management falls to the team to keep the limits from making too many decisions for them. People tend to resent the person who

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Limits

Time, money, attention, mind space, proximity, and number of available lunch appointments have their limits. Everyone has a limit so limits are not what separates the great team from the ordinary team. The management of limits are what make that distinction. Understanding that limited resources can be wasted on unimportant things is at the heart of the

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