Monthly Archives: November 2020

Rethinking Must Be Humble

We are overconfident when we think our ideas and plans are complete after a few conversations. Overconfident planners do not look at the various aspects beyond their desired result. This happens when the scale and scope of a project is under-appreciated. We often underestimate our ability to overlook the necessary details required to implement our best ideas.

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Rethinking Must Be Constant

We can never assume an idea is fully developed. Even old tried-and-true ideas are constantly being tested by new circumstances and therefore new contexts. What got us here yesterday isn’t always going to get us where are now going. This can seem like a lot of work if you are expecting the birth of an idea to

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Bread and Butter

We all have our comfort foods or favorite songs that we like to play when we are in a particular mood. These are predictable because safety is a construct that requires a measure of predictability. The same is true for our strategies. In games such as chess we all have our favorite tactics. We must try not

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False Alarm

Feelings are real but they are not always an accurate portrayal of reality. The chemicals that are released from our emotional triggers cause very real physical responses. The stimulus of those triggers may be a “false alarm” per se when it comes to what is actually happening. This happens when we respond to half of a story

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Trophies and Unicorns

Teams that are not unified never understand the benefits of unity because they have never been emotionally healthy enough to achieve it. It’s sad to think that so much insecurity can limit so much potential but that is exactly what happens when a team does not trust each other enough to move forward without questioning motives and

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The Bliss of Unity

There is nothing better for a team than unity. Being unified is rare because of egos and insecurities. However, when a team can develop to the point of trust and mutual respect, the sky truly is the limit. They can almost communicate without words because they are on the same page. There is no questioning of motives

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Too Brittle

Teams must understand that the dynamic makes or breaks a team. Teammates do not have to like each other but they must respect each other. Respect is the foundation for any relationship. Respect doesn’t have to result in fond feelings for there to be a solid working rapport. Many people are too immature or insecure to respect

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Don’t Keep the Honest Ones

There is a consequence to running off those who express unpopular opinions or ideas. They may not be as contrarian as they seem. They may just care enough to speak up when something seems contrary to what they perceive as a path forward. Without that voice, the team loses a measure of accountability. When a team doesn’t

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Keep the Honest Ones

Great teammates are honest. It is vitally important for a team dynamic to depend on the word of those on the team. People who mean what they say and say what they mean are rare and when you find them, make sure they stay on your team. Honest people are not always valued like they should be

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Rivals Are Real

People like to think that enemies only exist in the movies or books of fiction. This, of course, is only true if you live a life free of competition or ambition. An enemy or opponent is anyone who would count themselves against you or your team’s ability to achieve their objectives. Enemies become evident in any struggle.

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