Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

Passion is Polarizing

Dan Pierce/ February 15, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Passion can be polarizing. Passion fuels emotion and emotions can turn conversations into games, battles, or wars to be won. If I am passionate about my stance, I am not looking to change my mind. If I notice that I don’t share a passion with another person, it might be best to avoid the topic. Energy and

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Risky Initiative

Dan Pierce/ January 23, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Initiative is an important attribute for a great teammate because it demonstrates a recognition of proactive thinking and self motivation. Ordinary teammates require a prompt of some kind to do their job. This prompt can come from a leader, circumstances, or both. Great teammates see potential problems and solve them before they become an issue. Taking initiative

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And Sometimes “Why”

Dan Pierce/ January 22, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Why is vital but it is not an excuse to withhold buy-in. Too often people hide behind the fact that they didn’t know the why as to why they didn’t execute. Why helps but it should never be the deciding factor in the execution of a plan. A person can do a lot with the information found

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Never Better Alone

Dan Pierce/ January 13, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Great teammates never utter the excuse, “I knew that I could do it better myself.” That is the mantra of the lone wolf. Great teams know that they are always better over the long term when they include each other. This belief separates the great teams that rely on true teamwork and the ordinary teams that talk

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Paycheck to Paycheck

Dan Pierce/ January 12, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

It’s always shortsighted to work alone. It’s tantamount to living paycheck to paycheck. You might get by today, but with no investment in the future, you are one unexpected tragedy from being shorthanded. Great teammates always work to replace themselves. If nothing bad happens, they can take a day off without being missed. If something bad does

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Watch what you ask for…

Dan Pierce/ January 8, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Many people want the freedom and authority to make their own decisions about what they are responsible for. This is a valid expectation and the best teams grant authority along with responsibility. However, responsibility with authority cuts both directions. Great teammates recognize when the decisions they made were not the best ones. The freedom to decide comes

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Teammate Pop Quiz #5

Dan Pierce/ January 7, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

How well do I disagree? Any teammate can be supportive of others that they agree with. The quality of a teammate is tested by how well we support a teammate we disagree with. Do I have to be correct all of the time? Can others come up with great ideas that oppose what I believe? Is my

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Teammate Pop Quiz #4

Dan Pierce/ January 6, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Another great measure of how good of a teammate I am is how much margin I build into my life. This is because when I make room for extra time, I have made time to help other teammates. Am I barely keeping my head above water? If so, how can I be a great teammate? I may like the idea that

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Teammate Pop Quiz #3

Dan Pierce/ January 5, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

There are two types of teammates and they can be determined by how they talk about their teammates when their teammates are not present. Ordinary teammates sing our praises to our faces and talk about our liabilities to everyone else when we are not around. Great teammates do exactly the opposite. They care enough about us to

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