Category Archives: Handling Failure

Long-suffering

People can change. You cannot be a great teammate if you don’t believe that. Belief that people can change allows teams to develop without fear of some constant grudge or judgement. Constantly proving someone wrong who has us pigeon-holed based on our worst moment can be exhausting. Working alongside people who not only believe we can improve,

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Bad Days

Everyone has bad days. Everyone has moments that they could not take back. Everyone must be able to recognize when today is just not like the others. However, if those days become the rule and not the exception, then something is not right and that needs to be addressed. Some practical ways to make sure bad days

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Live and Learn

I have been on good teams and on bad teams. You can learn from both but I often learned more from teams that didn’t have the best practices. This is because as a teammate I got a chance to live with the bad decisions that bad teammates made. Bad decisions often get glossed over by success or

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Getting Out of Our Own Way

There are things we want that always seem out of reach. For example, I wanted to lose forty pounds. I tried everything and I struggled. I eventually did it and my success was based on really one thing. I had to stop sabotaging myself. I am not talking about overeating. I am not talking about eating dessert

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Cycles Not Lines

Our lives may seem like a roller coaster that has its ups and downs. One minute your happy and flying high as a kite and the next your crashing to the ground. That’s life. But life is not a wavy linear line that randomly blows like the wind. I have learned that life is cyclical. We go

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Doghouse

I have been watching the various apologies by Houston Astro players and team executives for the sign stealing that they have been proven to have participated in during their 2017 championship season and I am surprised at a couple of things. I am surprised at the scripted apologies from multiple players. When someone else writes your apology,

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Healthy Fear

Fear based decisions are always weak and sad and sometimes necessary for safety’s sake. Insecurity is always a slow poison that robs the team of the confidence necessary to have healthy relationships that lead to effective teamwork. However, fear of failure or a fear of not realizing potential is a healthy fear that should not be confused

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Just Say No

Teams can waste time by doing things that are good but not best. Everyone can avoid the obvious time-wasters, but what happens when you are in a time crunch and have to choose between doing two very different activities that each have value towards the team’s goal? Great teams know when to say no to good things

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Teams with any experience in succeeding know that “the ideal” is rarely ever found on the path to success. Success can seem elusive to those who limit thier scope of success to a narrow possiblility that requires everything to go exactly as expected. Success is much easier to find if the team is open to alternate routes

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Reinventing

Teams often spend too much time reinventing the wheel. There are many methods out there that can be copied and applied to many situations. Pride can limit a team when they make up their mind that they have nothing to learn from others. Innovation is vital to any team’s problem-solving repertoire but it becomes wasteful when we

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