Category Archives: Compromise

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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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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The Road We Don’t Talk About

Not every team is ready for the road to their desired goal. The win or achievement is often thought of without considering the road that it takes to get there. The highest heights are rarely reached because the road to those pinnacle achievements is too treacherous for the average person. It is not for everyone and the

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What Admiral Ackbar Taught Me

I used to teach my defensive linemen that if they got through the offensive line, something is wrong. The offense would not plan to let them go unblocked and that sense of ease should raise a red flag that screams “it’s a trap!” The reality is when we catch a break we often think we deserve it,

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Maturity is resisting the justifaction of compromise.

Compromise can be a good concept when two people are looking for common ground and a path forward. Compromise can be taken too far when we use it to negotiate with ourself to lower the standard we are committed to. The conversations that we have with our disciplined self to cut ourselves some slack are nothing more

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Less Than Our Best Self

Everyone has a role on a team but I believe it’s everyone’s job to be the best example to others that they can be. Too often people try to justify poor behavior as personality traits. This is confusing because I never saw “most likely to drop an occasional F-bomb” on a Meyers-Briggs analysis. Our personality should never

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Be the adult in the room.

Having integrity means choosing to be my best self in that moment. This means when given the chance, I will not lean on the justifications that cause all the “reasonable” compromises we all like to make. It means that I will put that cookie down because I am too old to “deserve it”. It means that I

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Choosing Dysfunction

Fatigue is an integrity eater but insecurity also corrodes our ability to be our best self. If I think back to all the conflict and dysfunction that I have experienced in any team situation, it is because of some form of insecurity I have. When I am insecure, I am less likely to be honest about important

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Choosing Fatigue

Nothing undermines out integrity like fatigue. It becomes increasingly more difficult to make solid decisions as we become more tired. When I am tired I am happy to just get through the day. I am much more likely to stress eat or cur corners when I am thinking more about my next break or day off than

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Discipline and Integrity

Our ability to be a great teammate is directly connected to our personal discipline. I have noticed that my discipline in various areas is really a matter of being true to myself. What I mean is that my discipline is really dependent on my commitment to make the right choice in the right moment. Everyone likes to

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