Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

The Willingness to Sacrifice

The difference between someone just being on the same team and a great teammate is the willingness to sacrifice. This is a subtle but easy way to spot the quality of a teammate. Is the teammate more interested in protecting their personal lifestyle or is the team a high enough priority? This question is tested when “extra”

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Contrast and Self-Policing

Training a team to be good teammates is necessary because it has two important outcomes: 1) The teammates that are not interested in improving will continue to behave in a way that will stand out against the teammates that choose to improve. 2) The teammates that are motivated to improve will be equipped to the counter-act the

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The Liability Trajectory

Everyone is grateful for the kind teammate that is always willing to pick up our slack. Having each other’s back is what makes great teammates great. However, there is a danger for great teammates to be taken advantage of for their kindness and availability to help others. When I take advantage of a teammate’s willingness to help

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The Attitude Code

There is a time and place for a casual attitude. The best way to think about it is to think about the time and place for casual dress. You just can’t wear shorts everywhere. Some restaurants won’t even seat you if you walk in with the wrong kind of dress. What if teams had an attitude code

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Delay

When we make up our minds about people, we have essentially given up on any hope for them to change. They are ______ (fill in the chosen label) and that now defines that person in our mind. The truth is that there may be much more to that person’s story and journey than what we have deemed

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Choose

Believing people can change is more difficult than it sounds. This is because we respond to disappointment with a memory marker that will try to protect us from trusting the source of that disappointment in the future. This doesn’t mean we are a terrible and judgmental person. It just means that we are a person. The reality

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The Right Conditions

Potential isn’t a reality. Potential is a possible future. Individuals require others around them to do the following three things in order to have the best chance to reach their potential. 1) Believe people can change. 2) Delay deduction. See mistakes as an opportunity to learn and not a confirmation of an existing judgement 3) Embrace risks.

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Do you believe in potential?

Teams that believe people can change and grow are more likely to tap into the potential of the team. Unfortunately, most people who answer in the affirmative when asked if they believe that people can change or grow don’t usually match their answer with behavior that supports it. This requires a long-view approach to development and not

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Is easy right?

Someone that thinks easy is right cannot know their limits because their worldview causes them to quit before they can see their actual potential. I find that people look for the easiest path as confirmation for moving forward. When challenge turns us around, we miss out on the best parts of living. Is luck or God’s will

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Reframing Frustration

For me, frustration is best defined as that feeling I experience when I am unpleasantly surprised. This happens all the time because I am not clairvoyant and, despite how much I think I can predict an outcome, I get it wrong a lot. In order for me to be a great teammate I have to manage my

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