Monthly Archives: July 2019

Staying the Course

Sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to simply stick to the gameplan. When teams face adversity, there is a temptation to adjust too quickly. Good leaders in any position on the team are not too quick to abandon what everyone worked so hard to plan just because things go sideways for a moment. Outlasting

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Leaning, Leading, and Solving Problems

Teams need to solve problems. Problem-solving is the number one attribute of a great teammate. When a team is full of problem solvers, there is nothing the team cannot overcome. You can tell when a team is missing the problem solvers because the response to problems is to shrink back, blame, or make excuses. The problem solvers

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Coldly Conditional

There is nothing more devastating than finding out that a person who you counted as a friend was never really more than a relationship of convenience. This happens when people are friendly and seemingly loyal in the good times and we believe that the intended relationship had nothing to do with the status or resources my part

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When the Dust Settles

Family is found when the dust settles. Life happens and it’s not always pleasant or easy. Those less than pleasant circumstances are excellent opportunities to find out who your family is based on their response to those circumstances. This is a tough reality for most because the sentiment in our heart wants us to consider those we

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Finding Family

Finding family is the term we use when you find the group of people who will not use disagreement or circumstances to change their opinion of you. It’s the group of people who choose to be around you despite all the reasons not to. It’s also the group of people who you choose to be around despite

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The Oasis

Life only happens when we interact with each other. It’s scary to interact with people today if we know that we cannot be truly vulnerable without running the risk of being judged. We need an oasis in this country that lacks acceptance like a desert lacks water. That oasis is the diverse team. The team allows us

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The American Desert

It seems that if acceptance of others was water, then America would be a desert. Social media enforces this isolationist norm in such a harsh way that people are bullied into a socially acceptable image. A socially acceptable image is one that identifies what offends us and joins a group that also finds that thing offensive. This

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The Isolation Machine

Our culture has embraced a mindset that defaults to finding out why we don’t like something. Connection doesn’t seem to be the goal unless it’s sharing a common enemy based on a common offense to a particular group. This built-in isolation machine that we call American culture makes loneliness as American as apple pie, baseball, and huge

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Seeing Opportunity in Obligation

Experienced coaches always coach the eyes first. This is especially important when dealing with tasks that seem like an obligation. When the team only sees the obligation, they must fight for a level of energy to get them through it. We have all done it. Think of the last conversation that you didn’t want to be a

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Hit the Pinwheel

New ideas are exciting and can inspire a lot of energy. Great teams realize that new ideas will lose their new car smell quickly. What happens when they do? It is inevitable that new exciting ideas will become a grind and when that happens, enthusiasm will fade. Great teams plan for this moment and do not build

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