Monthly Archives: December 2020

Effective Team Communication

Effective team communication is a tool meant to enhance each teammate’s ability to better serve the team and systems they are responsible for. This tool can be misused by those who are prone to micromanaging others. Effective communication should not be designed to be a big brother-like tool to “keep tabs” on others. It’s meant to facilitate

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Energy Cost

Anxiety can sometimes mean that we care about something. While that’s true, it’s not the best kind of caring. Anxiety costs us energy and that energy is not without a limit. A better form of energy that demonstrates care is preparation. If we care enough about something, we will be thoughtful about it. “Winging it” is stressful

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Seeing the Future

Good leaders solve problems. Great leaders avoid them whenever possible. As we experience the ups and downs of life, we are able to gain some understanding of the various cycles time takes us through. Time is less linear than we like to think. It’s more cyclical. I guess it’s easier to blame our lack of foresight on

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The Impatient Minute

The windshield of our car was covered in frost this morning when my daughter and I went to the gym. It’s that time of year when the temperature outside is still dropping when we leave for the gym at 5am. When I first start the car, the heater is blowing cold air in an already freezing car.

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Illogical Investment

Image and reputation are not nearly as important as integrity. This statement seems obvious but too often people’s actions prove that they do not actually believe this. Of course it’s the right thing to say and those who want a solid reputation will undoubtedly say they believe it but when push comes to shove watch what people

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A Fearless Coward

Sometimes no action is a fearless act because it takes courage to look like a coward even when the right thing to do is to do nothing. Many times people are fearful of looking foolish or hesitant so they do something brazen out of fear of looking like they are afraid. This is of course ridiculous logic

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The Fears of the Fearless

We often describe those who act in the face of fear as fearless, but that’s not true, is it? The “fearless” actually fear the consequence of cowardice. A coward is just as fearful as the “fearless”. The difference is what they are afraid of. The coward is often fearful of failure or more likely the reputation that

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The Informative Emotion

No one wants to admit they are afraid but our actions often reveal our fears. Fear is an important emotion. It is often said that courage is not a lack of fear but rather action that is not hindered by it. Our fears inform us about our priorities. We are most often fearful to lose that which

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Blind Judgement

We like to think that we are fair-minded arbiters of justice but our judgements are more than likely clouded by our preferences and insecurities. When we look at a matter we often don’t see things as clearly as we think we do. We should be more honest about our own limitations about how we see the world

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Seeing the Need

Wanting something for your area of responsibility is not just okay, it is part of your responsibility. When any of us are responsible for anything it is our job to understand and anticipate what is required to maintain a positive result. Too often people show up unprepared because they did not think ahead to anticipate possible contingencies

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