Monthly Archives: August 2020

Why not be wronged?

To err is human but today the purity standard that we place on those we deem cancel-worthy is not something we would want to live under ourselves. In fact, most people with high purity standards are demonstrating their own insecurity. They know that they could never live up to that standard and so they make conditions that

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Path Back

What happens when someone makes a mistake? Do we punish them? Do we allow the natural consequences of that action to run their course so the person learns from the mistake? Do we label that person morally deficient and make sure they are shunned from society? I believe that our response to a mistake reveals a lot

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Canceled

There is an unfortunate trend in our culture that is beginning to shape the way we respond to others. It’s the idea that if we don’t like the behavior of someone, we can “cancel” them as if they are a television show that is deemed “no longer acceptable.” This is the antithesis of what it means to

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Long-suffering

People can change. You cannot be a great teammate if you don’t believe that. Belief that people can change allows teams to develop without fear of some constant grudge or judgement. Constantly proving someone wrong who has us pigeon-holed based on our worst moment can be exhausting. Working alongside people who not only believe we can improve,

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Practical Focus

Focus can be manufactured and there are different methods to maintain focus. Some successful athletes invent imagined slights to make them angry enough at their opponents to stay focused. Others take a “me against the world” mentality to keep their edge. The fact that they do this speaks to the importance of being present when the stakes

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Uncommon Focus

Focus is an attribute of a great team because there is no larger impact over time than the consistent effort of a daily grind. This is rare because it’s quiet and difficult. It requires more discipline than the average person is conditioned to give in our culture. Doing something daily can get boring. That’s the trick though.

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Believe in People

Great teammates believe in people enough to depend on them. When people truly understand their own limits, they see the benefit of teamwork. This is another situation to watch what people do over what people say. People who have their hands in everything do not trust others enough to collaborate. If they did, they would trust others

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Fail

Many people fail to be a great teammate because they do not see the bigger picture of what can be accomplished outside of themselves and refuse to truly collaborate. These poor teammates are deceived into thinking that the best possible outcome is only found in their effort. Others would only slow them down or cause a drop

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Believe in the Cause

Great teammates believe in their cause enough to partner with others to make it happen. Anything we can achieve by ourselves is probably not significant enough to affect the world. Winning is good but if it can only be done on a single person’s effort, how hard was it? Teamwork is one of the greatest ways that

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False Change

The world is not changed much by social media movements. Those are good for increasing awareness but too often they are mistaken for actual change. This is true when posting about the start of a new diet or workout routine. This is unfortunately true about social causes. Real change takes more work than a post, repost, like

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