Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

My Pap’s Legacy

My grandfather passed away recently and I have been thinking a lot about his impact on my life. We affectionately called him Pap and he has legendary status in our family. His example was an extraordinary one. I looked around at the funeral and I was amazed at the number of people who were present that owed

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Teamwork

Teams require everyone on the team to cultivate a spirit of teamwork. That means working with people as well as working toward making the ideas of others a reality. This is especially important when we disagree on a direction. A great teammate is able to support an idea if it isn’t morally wrong. This is often easier

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Redemption vs Perfection

Greatness is not found in consistent achievement but rather through a constant ebb and flow of failure and redemption. Great teams are not afraid to fail because they are eager to learn. Teams that are caught up in making sure they preserve a competent image often forget that perfection is not only unreasonable, it’s also less helpful.

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The Inward Focus

Teams that become politcal and divided focus too much energy inward because their adversaries are perceived to be their own teammates who communicate that they know better. This limits a team from focusing on their true adversaries outside the team. The best way to beat a team is to get inside their head forcing them to second

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Generalize the Concept

I have mentioned this Clark Gable quote before, but I think it generalizes to much more than the comparison between glamorous and vain women. “I am intrigued by glamorous women… A vain woman is continually taking out a compact to repair her makeup. A glamorous woman knows she doesn’t need to.” Substitute glamorous with mature, experienced, emotionally

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Would you rather…

Would you rather be considered overly cautious and uptight or casual and laid back? The way you answer that question will determine your ability to be a great teammate. Great teammates care more about the team than the opinion of others. People who leave things to chance because they don’t want to seem too overbearing should never

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Effective Assessment

Every great team has a culture of evaluation. This is necessary to assess effectiveness and effort. Even their assessment is effective because they assess the right things. It’s easy to measure things that are going to show a positive result but great teams are not afraid to take a look under the hood to see what needs

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Buffer

A buffer is different than a margin. Margin is a space set aside to make sure a limited resource is available if needed. A buffer is more of a protection between two objects. The best way to think about a buffer is that pad or blanket that you put between two pieces of furniture when you stack

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Embracing the Enemy

It is good for teams and teammates to have aspirations and ambitions. Teams should strive to be more than what they currently are. Reaching higher heights requires more than a wish or even more effort. It requires a willingness to grow and therefore, change. It requires an honest look at what currently exists and what is holding

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Shaming the Bar Low

Great is rare because keeping a standard can make us look weird. I believe a lot of the compromises we make are done because of peer pressure. Some peers see greatness as nothing more than a pipe dream because they believe no one really holds to the high standard everyone “talks” about. High standards not only stand

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