Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

Hiding Behind Adversity

Dan Pierce/ December 7, 2017/ Being a Great Teammate, Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Excuses come in all forms. My excuse is valid because of my special circumstances. The problem with that logic is that every person has a past and present that is filled with “unique” circumstances. Some are worse than others and I am not trying to be insensitive to those that have had more than their fair share

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The Lazy Test

Dan Pierce/ November 25, 2017/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

I have to ask myself if I have reduced my job to make everything easier so that I can coast. People that do that are not great teammates. They hold their team back because they work hard to not have to work hard. My job as a great teammate is to master my skill set so that

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The Easy Filter

Dan Pierce/ November 24, 2017/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

I want to be the type of teammate that is sold out to find a way to accomplish anything the team aims for. I have to fight against my natural inclination to filter everything in my life against difficulty. I think that it’s human nature to want everything to be as easy as possible. Not everything needs

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Self-sabotage

Dan Pierce/ November 23, 2017/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Once a team makes a decision to move in a certain direction, it is vital that the entire team works to make that decision a reality. If my buy-in is contingent on agreement with the plan, I am going to be working against my team. That makes me worse than a bad teammate. It makes me an

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Prove It Right

Dan Pierce/ November 22, 2017/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Here is a pro-tip for the moment when you are less than enthusiastic about an idea. Prove it right. Get scientific about it. Make the idea into a hypothesis that you attempt to prove correct. Resist the urge to prove it wrong because we are all susceptible to confirmation bias and we will not thoroughly exhaust every

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Commitment Beyond Enthusiasm

Dan Pierce/ November 21, 2017/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

Great teammates must generate commitment that stretches far beyond enthusiasm. New is exciting and can trick us into thinking that what I just committed to will be just as fun forever. The new will wear off. When it does I am tested as a quality teammate. If I stay committed when the exciting task becomes mundane, I

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More to the Story

Dan Pierce/ November 15, 2017/ Being a Great Teammate, Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Team dynamics are complex. This means that there needs to be effort in analyzing a lack of competence or performance. Teams should ask some questions before labeling someone an underperformer on the team. Is the cause for the underperformance really just the individual’s lack of competence? Since everyone on the team relies on someone else, it is possible that

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Training Wheels

Dan Pierce/ November 14, 2017/ Being a Great Teammate/ 1 comments

Great teammates do not need to be reminded about something. They own information when they receive it and mark their calendars and to-do lists accordingly. Teammates that drop the ball and blame the lack of a reminder need to learn the expectation of a professional or, at the very least, a responsible teammate. It wastes a tremendous amount of

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Correct Belonging

Dan Pierce/ November 10, 2017/ Being a Great Teammate, Choosing to Belong/ 0 comments

Great teammates understand that they need the team, the team does not need them. They know that their individual effort cannot scale past what their participation on the team can accomplish. They know that they are replaceable and therefore expendable. Ordinary teammates get this the wrong way around. They tend to centralize everything around themselves, thinking, “What would happen if

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Lying and Thieving

Dan Pierce/ November 9, 2017/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

I am a liar and a thief when I tell a teammate that everything is okay when it isn’t. The lie is usually “innocent” because I am likely trying to spare feelings or not make something a big deal. When I am not candid (liar), I rob others (thief) of the opportunity to apologize in the moment. This

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