Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

There’s always a bigger fish.

Authority is a funny thing. A true understanding of authority is demonstrated not by being in charge but in acknowledging where my authority begins and someone else’s ends. I find it ironic that many in authority often demonstrate an incomplete view and application of it because they get too used to getting thier own way. I have

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Twas brillig, and the slithy toves…

Some people are at the best they can manage and should be accepted and, at times, carried. They may have some limitations that make getting through the day a victory and that victory should be celebrated even if it includes a negative impact on others because it’s the best they can do. But beware, there are those

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The Worst Kind of Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is found in understanding not only our own dysfunction, but also how to mitigate it. We all have flaws and liabilities. We all have varying levels of awareness about them. Those who walk around unaware of how they negatively impact the world need only a friend or teacher caring and courageous enough to help them see

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We are going to need a larger tool box.

When we take the risks to try new things, we end up not only expanding our experience but also our toolbox. There is the risk-averse part of everyone that wants to settle down and do what they know. That can come in handy when what we know applies to the situation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how talented

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Stepping Out of the Box

What percentage of our favorites and preferences are just our brain playing a conservative game to meet our subconscious needs by minimizing risk and pointing us towards things we have already experienced. Bias, preferences, and favorites are all a part of the box our brain builds out of our experiences. Even cravings are linked to our experiences.

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Communicating Care

Teammates must both care and communicate care. This is a simple concept that gets missed because so often we get it backwards. A great teammate understands that being inconvenienced is an opportunity to show someone how much we care. Ordinary people walk around wondering why no one is taking care of them when it’s truly the other

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Choosing Maturity

A team must fight to keep the vision simple. Simplicity allows the vision to be mastered and made complete. It takes maturity to leave something you prefer on the cutting room floor because it doesn’t quite fit the big picture. How much of our lives are dominated by energy wasted by lobbying for our preferences instead of

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Giving Up Rights

One important aspect of being a great teammate is the ability to give up my rights to individual freedom for the sake of the team. People who constantly feel entitled to their rights for no other reason than being entitled to them miss the point of being on a team. Teams thrive when people work together. Together

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Armed With The Past

Self-awareness understands that two things can be true about us at the same time. Our darkness was not overcome because it was something that happened yesterday. It simply passed and will cycle back again. What we were capable of then, we are still capable of now. Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior but the

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Admit, Embrace, Leverage

Everyone has a dark side whether we like to admit it or not. Some people choose to go the route of plausible deniability and look away from the potential darkness of their hearts. This is done through excuse-making about personalities and preferences. Those personality quirks and preferences are really just a junk drawer of personality flaws and

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