Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

Sharing 501

Shared authority is one of the most important concepts for a person to grasp and apply in order to be a great teammate. Sharing in general is an unnatural behavior that must be learned and mastered from an early age. Sharing authority is something that is difficult because it requires us to not only share, but also

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The bad news first…

The bad news is that we are not born as great teammates. We start as needy self-centered creatures who punish parents with screams and lack of sleep when we are not immediately gratified. Family is the first team we are ever a part of and infants are the absolute worst teammates. The good news is found in

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Seeing Past the Two-Foot Circle

Sharing does not come naturally to humans. Watch toddlers play and you will see the raw unfiltered intentions of a human interacting with another human. Things tend to go well for a moment until one toddler does something that is outside of what the other intended. Toys become “mine” very quick. The rules of the game become

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Not Above Them

Even leaders are teammates. More could be written about how leaders can be better teammates from a teammate perspective. Leadership doesn’t have to be lonely. I think that happens because leaders too often buy into the fact that they are somehow separate from the team. This cannot be the case if the team has any hope to

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The More Universal Perspective 

There is a lot of writing, videos, seminars and teachings about leadership. Leadership is important and I can understand why people would want to aspire to obtain a leadership position. The problem is that there isn’t room for everyone to be a leader. I often wonder why there isn’t more written or taught from the perspective of

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HOF players can sometimes be mediocre teammates.

Too often people are not trained as an apprentice because the person that should be training them is too afraid of being replaced. This type of insecurity always holds a team back from having redundancy built into their team’s key positions. There are stories of how the great quarterbacks refuse to mentor the young back-up because they

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Commitment

“Whatever it takes” was the tag line of the latest Avenger movie. It’s a communication of the level of commitment someone has in an endeavor. Football players and coaches use the term “selling out” to describe someone who is willing to dive at the expense of their body to catch a football or make a play. Teams

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Limits

Time, money, attention, mind space, proximity, and number of available lunch appointments have their limits. Everyone has a limit so limits are not what separates the great team from the ordinary team. The management of limits are what make that distinction. Understanding that limited resources can be wasted on unimportant things is at the heart of the

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Remembered…or not

As I have watched sports, I have come to admire those athletes who prove to be true competitors. These are the athletes who have stories told about them that focus on all they have overcome. The other athletes are not remembered because they settled on the excuses. I find myself cringing when people complain after a loss

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Rest

Greatness never truly rests. This is because greatness understands what is at stake more than those who are blissfully unaware. This concept is almost a secret to those who have not experienced the sleepless nights and anxiety behind making sure the circumstances that are teetering on the edge of a knife never tip to the catastrophic possibility.

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