Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

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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Whatever it takes.

Great teams understand the true meaning of this. That’s why they are great when others are not. They stood at the edge of the cliff of what is possible and counted the cost carefully. Their calculations supported the idea of doing whatever it takes to accomplish the goal. This is demonstrated when they endure what seems to

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Dynamics

The team dynamic is what decides how a team will respond to different situations. Strong teams respond well and weak teams do not. What makes a strong dynamic is each member’s ability to see the team as something larger than themselves. When we see ourselves and others as parts of the whole, the dynamic will strengthen. When

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Great Friends

Great teams have the awesome side effect of producing great friendships. When teammates become great friends, they are motivated to help each other differently. They are not just trying to help the team do well but they want their friend to do well too. This enhances the team dynamic. Great friendships, however, can become a liability when

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Making a Memory 

Great teams gameplan well but they also respond to unexpected challenges well. They immediately know what they can do and what they can’t do in the face of a challenge. Great teams see the challenge as an opportunity to do something unique. Pulling something like that off well always builds confidence. That shared confidence will also lead

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Low Confidence

I find that 99% of my hesitation comes from an interfering thought that lowers my confidence. I don’t like doing things that I am not good at. I don’t think I am the only person in the world who spends most of my energy maximizing the time I spend daily doing what I am good at and

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Victim vs Victory 

The excuses we like to hide behind allow us to avoid the responsibilities we should own. Bad calls by the referee. Bias in the media. My boss is a jerk. The truth is that it is always difficult to be a great teammate when we are so busy trying to find reasons outside of ourselves for why

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Full Disclosure

Great teams should do their best to get to know candidates in the recruiting process. This allows them to choose candidates who have an upside that make their liabilities worth the risk. This makes it possible to move forward without as much fear of being “found out”. Initial honesty not only builds trust but also helps create

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