Monthly Archives: November 2019

Control Under Control

Many people have ambition for authority because they like to be in control of their own situation. This is understandable but the authority and control people desire must be accompanied by responsibility and accountability. This can come in the form of reporting to a higher position on an organizational chart or simply a higher authority that causes

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Subjectively Objective

There are times our gut tells us something that we don’t want to listen to. Our instincts can warn us about things that we purposely overlook. This is because we all have a bias toward what we want and that bias blinds us from anything that suggests what we want isn’t the actual reality we are dealing

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Maintaining a Baseline

Circumstances tend to tell a story about the quality of a team. How a team responds to good times and bad times reflects the actual state of a team. This does not always match the professed or believed state of a team. Good teams can struggle with pride. Bad teams can allow insecurity to dominate their decision

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Old Fashioned

While teams can take too much pride in their own original ideas and waste time innovating something that already exists, I have seen just as much waste in taking too much pride in “modern” attitudes toward ethics and values. Some of the ideals that allowed what we call “the greatest generation” actually live up to their name

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Reinventing

Teams often spend too much time reinventing the wheel. There are many methods out there that can be copied and applied to many situations. Pride can limit a team when they make up their mind that they have nothing to learn from others. Innovation is vital to any team’s problem-solving repertoire but it becomes wasteful when we

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Comfort as the Goal

Some teammates see their goal as making sure their day is protected against any discomfort. These are dangerous teammates because they are not going to put the team’s objectives first. In an effort to protect their comfort at all cost they will avoid conflict, exert the lowest acceptable amount of effort, shoot down any ideas that would

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Challenges at the Summit

Success doesnt always feel like we imagine it should while we pursue it. Success has its own set of problems that are beyond the pursuit of success. In fact, the trials of the pursuit prepare us for the challenges that comes with success. The mindest of those who believe that the team’s problems would be solved through

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Ringing

Imagine calling a lost phone and listening for the ring in order to pinpoint its location. Similarly, when we are listening for success, we must be able to quiet all other noise so we can figure out if we are any closer to finding it. The familiar noise of our lives often drowns out the faint tone

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Elusive

Teams seem to search for success like they search for a lost phone. They think they know where it is but when they check the last place they remember seeing it, it’s often not there. Success seems like something hidden or buried but in reality it’s usually hiding in plain sight. The problem with success is not

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Seeing Our Teams

The idea of this blog is to have a short read that will help you keep your mind aware of the importance of the teams in our life. In a culture that is so bent on personal expression and technological isolation, I believe it is easy to take the concept of being on a team for granted.

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