Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

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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Constructive Criticism

Having a culture of feedback is different than having a culture of criticism. Critics have a way of pointing out our faults and while their observations may have a kernel of truth in them, they are not behaving like a teammate. Criticism is not constructive if it isn’t edifying. Edification builds a team which is a figurative

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Getting to the End

Great teammates are tough. In other words, they have a mindset or strength of mind that allows them to endure adverse circumstances. Some people look at their circumstances as an excuse to stop becaue no reasonable person would expect them to continue when things are that hard. Others seem to just power through the same exact circumstances

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Extreme and Moderate

We all have preferences and we think those preferences are reasonable. Sometimes others disagree. Some people like to text more than talk on the phone. Some people like to have actual phone conversations. Others like the new-found access to video conferencing. Still others prefer a face-to-face interaction over all else. The key to being a great teammate

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