Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

Overlap

Great teammates know their limits and liabilities. No one is great at everything and a great teammate understands why they need to partner with other teammates. Ordinary teammates tend to be insecure about their shortcomings and pretend to not need anyone else. This is the antithesis of the concept of being on a team. Teams need each

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Overlap

Great teammates know their limits and liabilities. No one is good at everything and a great teammate understands why they need to partner with other teammates. Ordinary teammates tend to be insecure about their shortcomings and pretend to not need anyone else. This is the antithesis of the concept of being on a team. Teams need each

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Negligent Empathy

Many people like to empathize with those who cannot weather the storm. Teammates who fold under pressure are often given the benefit of the doubt that they probably had a bad day. This may be true but when people show a pattern of not being able to contribute on a bad day, they cannot be considered good

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Judged

Great teams judge in a great way. This means teammates are judged on the merit of their actions and not on non-sensical differences that may separate them from the team in some way. Every organization has a choice to see people as people or to see them as outsiders. When we see people as genders or foreigners

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Safety Check

In the state that I live in, we have to get a safety check for our cars before we can renew the registration. I have to admit, this annoying and inconvenient requirement is effective because there are a lot less cars on the side of the road compared to states that do not require a safety check

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Like WiFi

Too often the efforts of some of the best teammates anyone will ever have are like the WiFi signal. The benefit is often taken for granted when it works correctly but once it lapses, everyone loses their mind. People treat a WiFi signal as if it should be automatically available like the air we breathe. But like

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Appreciating the Magic

Great teams know that it’s important to never take great teammates for granted. It seems ironic that reliability is a rare trait but when we find it in an individual we often believe it’s our right to rely on it. This may be due to the principal of “out of sight out of mind.” Since what the

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Resting on the Run

Great teammates know how to rest on the run. Resting on the run means that you identify opportune moments to restore some energy or mental attention in the midst of a project or activity. Some people power through projects and activities and plan to rest when they cross the finish line. This is a good mindset for

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Everyday Drills

I named the portion of my website that houses this blog “Everyday Drills” because it’s meant to be a short daily exercise in thinking about what it means to be a great teammate. When I coached football, I had drills that my players did everyday, no matter what. They even did them before games. They were drills

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Too Good to Last

Teams that focus on opportunities to improve have a sense of emotional security that is non-existent on teams that focus on being perfect. Perfection is not excellence but it is a costly imitation of excellence. Perfection leaves so little room for error that only the best of the best are given the most difficult tasks. This causes

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