Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

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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Personal Liability

Weakness is something we all have to understand. Our insecurities can limit that understanding if we choose to indulge in the temptation to ignore the ramifications of our weaknesses. Being self-aware and secure enough to know the darkest parts of our own personalities and limits allows us to mitigate the liability of those unpleasant realities. Humility is

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Good is Dangerous

Good is dangerous because it’s not bad. Not bad is often the default standard for the ordinary person’s day. There are days where nothing bad happening is the best a person can hope for but it shouldn’t be the default. Good is dangerous because it’s hard to argue against. “Look at all the good we have done!”

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Finding the Summit

Success makes us busy because when we do something successful, we find that there is no real summit on the mountain to rest on. There is always another path to climb. This is why success is not often long-lived or repeated. The additional work that comes with winning often causes people to relax and thus head back

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Cyclical Desperation

Too often teams are so desperate to just have one person to fill a position that they fail to prepare for the day when they will need to fill it again. Being behind in recruiting robs the team of a seamless transition when the inevitable transitions occur. The most important investment of energy any team can make

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Not For Everyone

Light is a great disinfectant but it is too much for some people to learn that the sting is good. Those people cannot be good teammates because they are too insecure to ever allow a team to accept them and cover their weakness. The sting is really the acceptance that we are not perfect and that others

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Sad Selfishness

Emotionally insecure people hide their weaknesses and therefore set themselves up to let the team down when they discover the weakness at a crucial moment. It’s a sad selfishness that causes us to hide our weakness. It communicates that we don’t trust the team to see who we are in addition to our strengths. It also communicates

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Whining about Whiners

Whining isn’t cute when a two-year-old does it. It is soul-crushing to a team when a grown person resorts to whining about a non-preferred task. I have to be careful not to whine about whiners so this post will be short. If you don’t like something that is necessary, simply realize that everyone else probably feels the

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Taking the Good with the Bad

I think great teams are often separated from ordinary teams by how they view an experience. Great teams take the good with the bad while ordinary teams focus only on what makes an experience good, fun, or enjoyable. Labeling an experience in the extreme based on one aspect is what gives us the excuse to settle for

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Transcending

Great teams spend time sharpening skills to the point of automaticity so that they can later focus on more meaningful tasks. Ordinary teams get bogged down in banal tasks because they haven’t mastered the skills required to complete them efficiently. This reduces the meaning of their job to working harder and not smarter. This also limits the

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