A leader with a mature attitude has a much easier time letting go of what they want so that the team can accomplish its best outcome. Too often, teams are limited by the comfort level of the leader. The team hits its lid of achievement. A mature attitude allows a leader to understand that what they want
When a person feels as if they do not have enough creative freedom, they are likely really stating that they want room to depart from the vision of the team to implement their own vision. Creative freedom should never mean total control and authority. That expectation only comes from someone who has an issue with authority when
There is a sentiment that waiting until the last minute to plan or think about something creates more freedom to act. The opposite is actually true. Last minute thinkers are slaves to circumstance. There is never enough time to make adjustments to a poorly thought through plan that is full of assumptions and light on anticipation.
Our pride in our methods are deepened if the method that was successful in the past was our personal idea or the idea of someone we respect. Great teams must develop a ruthless humility that covers the nostalgic sentiment of past victories with a “what have you done for me lately” attitude today.
It takes a humble person to look at the work and results of their past week and see the opportunities to improve. If someone doesn’t see any need to improve despite their results, there may be a pride issue. People like their methods. This is especially true if their methods had a measure of past success.
When we reflect on all that has happened during the week, we will hopefully see both the good and the not so good. Rethinking requires two major attributes of a teammate: humility and initiative. Pride and laziness can cause us to settle with “good enough”. Think about it this way…without humility and initiative, either I am good
Great teams understand that hard work and effort can be a grind. It can get boring and exhausting. It can take away our free time and our family time. There are a lot of things that I have to do in my day as an adult but I have learned that most of those “have to” tasks
If I am recruiting mentally tough people who refuse to quit, I can simply look for patterns of finishing. Do people finish? Some might think of this as a pass or fail judgement, but at the end of the day, some things are. Did you finish what you committed to? A mentor of mine taught me to
Passion can be polarizing. Passion fuels emotion and emotions can turn conversations into games, battles, or wars to be won. If I am passionate about my stance, I am not looking to change my mind. If I notice that I don’t share a passion with another person, it might be best to avoid the topic. Energy and
Initiative is an important attribute for a great teammate because it demonstrates a recognition of proactive thinking and self motivation. Ordinary teammates require a prompt of some kind to do their job. This prompt can come from a leader, circumstances, or both. Great teammates see potential problems and solve them before they become an issue. Taking initiative