Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

Am I loyal?

Loyalty is an attribute of a great teammate. In fact, I believe a teammate cannot be considered great if they are not loyal. It does little good to assess the loyalty of others on the team. That will become evident at the next fork in the road. The best I can do is ask myself how loyal

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Fair Weather Friend

I find myself tested in the area of loyalty most when my reputation is at stake. I am a Laker fan and it’s usually good to be one but every once in a while, the Lakers don’t do well. Am I a fair weather fan that only pulls for my team when they win or do I

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The Opposite of Loyalty

The opposite of loyalty is betrayal. In the moment that our loyalty and kindness is tested, this is the other choice we can make. It’s when we actively choose not to be there when it matters most. It’s when we don’t speak up for those that are not present. It’s when we disregard our spouse or teammate’s

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Kindness

Loyalty is a kindness expressed toward someone because the circumstances demand it. This kindness happens in a moment of choice that could be an opportunity to walk away from something or someone but, for some reason, we don’t. For some reason outside of self preservation or personal comfort, we choose to endure with them. We choose to

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What is loyalty?

Everyone hopes for loyalty in their relationships. Spouses expect a high level of loyalty and refer to it as faithfulness. Sports fans feel a sense of connection to a team that may seem like a loyal state of mind. I think I have an expectation that my friends “have my back” when I need them to and

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Updating Expectations

Great teammates have high expectations for everyone. This can cause tension around the need to meet those high expectations. Teams can improve by meeting people where they are at with a nuanced approach that considers not where a person should be based on expectations, but where their capacity is based on the reality of current circumstances. I

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The Clear Distinction

Ordinary teams do not value feedback the same way that great teams do. The major distinction between great and ordinary is the drive to improve and the interface with the uncomfortable reality of our actual performance. It’s not that ordinary teams don’t want to improve. It’s that they are uncomfortable with what it takes to actually improve.

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Remember When

The good ‘ole days have a way of making sure today doesn’t quite live up to how we remember the past. The truth is that we probably over-romanticize the past so we can feel justified when complaining about today. Attitude is everything and optimism points us to consider the past as motivation to keep going. “Realism” tends

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Personality trait or preference?

Attention spans are rarely something we are born with. Attention spans are chosen and must be intentionally cultivated so that we can be a reliable teammate with the capacity to complete non-preferred tasks when we are expected to, not just when we feel like it. When attention spans are treated like a genetic personality trait, we sadly

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Aversive

My discipline is best measured by how well I accomplish the tasks that I don’t like. Anyone can knock the fun or easy things off the to-do list. It takes intention and extra effort to do what I hate with a smile and with excellence. This is part of being a great teammate. Doing the job well,

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