Category Archives: Being a Great Teammate

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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Free to Move

Great teams experience a freedom that other teams do not. This is the result of consistent hard work cultivating a functional team dynamic. 99% of team dysfunction is found in some form of behavior rooted in insecurity. Great teams never allow known insecurities to hold back the relationships on the team because that will ultimately hold back

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Integrity in Finance

Every team has to deal with money at some point. Great teams manage it well by treating it as an elementary math problem that shouldn’t be complicated. Ordinary teams allow finance to be complicated. Money is always a simple math problem. Either the purchase or the decision is affordable or it isn’t. Finance only becomes complicated when

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Integrity in Belief

Every team should have a set of core beliefs that help drive their goals and ambitions. This is easy at the start of something but the grind found on the path to success is a test of those very beliefs. Beliefs are easy to cheer for and profess but less easy to integrate into a practical way

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Protecting the Limit

Ordinary teams work very hard at efficiency to protect their limit. This is done to make sure that no extra tasks are needed. Teams that protect their limit can never achieve true greatness because it is not their goal. They may say it is but when they filter every potential endeavor through how difficult it will be,

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