Monthly Archives: January 2020

Managing vs Mastering Distractions

Distraction can become such a burden leading teams to see the draw towards distraction to be as natural as the force of gravity. Great teams see distraction as something that can be avoided and therefore unnatural. Ordinary teams treat difficulty and truth with the same hesitation as a person who stands on a ledge at a tremendous

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The Distinction

Every team has a series of decisions to make about what type of team they want to be. Will they make a distinction between being ordinary and extraordinary? Ordinary teams justify all of their compromises based upon a fight for normalcy. If normal is what everyone else is doing, then the extraordinary cannot be found in the

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Just Say No

Teams can waste time by doing things that are good but not best. Everyone can avoid the obvious time-wasters, but what happens when you are in a time crunch and have to choose between doing two very different activities that each have value towards the team’s goal? Great teams know when to say no to good things

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Fruitless

Time is too often wasted on things that are not really mission-critical. I am not talking about taking a break for a little chit-chat or allowing for some necessary levity in the day. I am talking about actual projects that the team takes on that move them no closer to their purpose. Sometimes busy seems more important

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Teams with any experience in succeeding know that “the ideal” is rarely ever found on the path to success. Success can seem elusive to those who limit thier scope of success to a narrow possiblility that requires everything to go exactly as expected. Success is much easier to find if the team is open to alternate routes

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Derailed by the Ideal

Most gameplans never survive long in reality. Teams must have a mindset that is flexible enough to accept a change in circumstance and stubborn enough to stay the course despite the increase in expected difficulty. One of the biggest things that cause teams to fail is overreacting to a change in circumstance. Perhaps it’s because the change

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Right/Wrong vs True/False

Who is right and wrong is an unhelpful discussion. To argue over what is true is a better idea. A true argument is a collaboration in the discovery of truth. Truth in this case is the actual reality. The team does not benefit to game the system to alter reality beyond what is true because their actions

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Zombie Cat Boxes

Truth can seem very philosophical but it is really simple. Contrary to what many people would like to believe, truth is exclusive in that it can’t coexist with whatever is contrary to it. Two separate unrelated realities can be true at the same time but two possibilities that are diametrically opposed cannot be true at the same

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Distracted by Deception

Teams must work hard to make sure they are working toward the goals and purposes of the team. One of the most common distractions that teams face is when they are deceived in some way. Deception can be defined as a deficit of truth. Knowing the truth about a matter will allow a team to properly diagnose

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The Power of Awareness and Acknowledgement

Never underestimate the power of acknowledgement when resolving conflict. Avoiding conflict robs a team from the acknowledgement necessary for resolution. I could have completely messed up but when I acknowledge my mistake, I tell people that I am aware and people know I am willing make the adjustments necessary. When conflict is avoided, people go on about

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