Monthly Archives: May 2020

Hungry

Remember when you discovered that you could learn from something or someone? That season produced a ton of growth. What happens when that season ends? Growth stops. When growth stops after a challenging event or season, we can be tricked into thinking that challenging season was the defining moment in our lives. Partly because the pain of

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All the Feedback

Great teammates want feedback. All of the feedback. Not just the compliments. It’s good to want to be recognized for our accomplishments but it‘s better to seek outside opinions that we can learn from. Developing an appetite for constructive feedback is an important part of growth. Otherwise we surround ourselves with people who will always paint a

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Law of the Universe

I always remember that discipline is a lot like football. If something seems easy…it’s a trap. Some big dude is about to clear your sinuses and knock all the mud out of your cleats. So what do you do when you sense something is too good to be true? Grab grass. That means stop going the direction

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What ended it?

Truth usually starts a conflict, but in the end, it is often also what ends it. Time and truth go hand in hand and during a conflict, things tend to be less pretentious. People learn the truth and sometimes that includes ugliness on both sides. The result of the argument, conflict, or fight can be many things

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What Started It

Most conflicts orbit around a discovery of truth. Teams can abide many things but at some point the inconsistencies within a team dynamic will make themselves known. This is because pretension that seeks to keep the peace is not centered on truth. Teams that avoid tough truths talk and work around what everyone knows is present because

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Making a Decision or Making a Statement

It makes sense that we should make decisions that keep us on the path of purpose while resisting the pull of an emotional decision that conflicts with that purpose-driven plan. How do I know that my emotions or feelings are conflicting with my purpose? One practical way that I can know my feelings have taken over is

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Purpose Ahead of Feelings

During every circumstance, every team has to navigate the difference between purpose, plan, and feelings. Our purpose is our internal response to our long-term plan. Our plan is the path and set of actions meant to fulfill our purpose. Our feelings are our internal response to immediate circumstances. If we are not careful, our feelings can distract

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Hell Week

Great teams learn to operate without people who quit in the grind by creating artificial environemnts that will weed out the people who will not last anyway. Football teams call this Hell Week. It’s designed to get the team in the physical condition to play full contact football in pads but more importantly, it separates those who

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For the Long Haul

Every team that does anything that matters has had to play the long game. Teams that prepare for the future and work diligently in the present towards a better tomorrow require teammates who can delay gratification long enough to see a lengthy plan through to the end. Not everyone fits this category. People who simply wait for

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Giving Up Rights

One important aspect of being a great teammate is the ability to give up my rights to individual freedom for the sake of the team. People who constantly feel entitled to their rights for no other reason than being entitled to them miss the point of being on a team. Teams thrive when people work together. Together

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