Category Archives: Inspiring Your Team

Sources of Hope

Hope isn’t something that a team or individual can feel entitled to. Hope has to come from somewhere. Common sources of hope include the following: Experience Example Examination Expectation Without these four “ex’s”, hope can diminish and lead to a lack of willingness to endure. I believe that most people are looking for a reason to endure

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Hope

Endurance requires hope. The number one reason people quit is not because they lack mental toughness. It’s because they lack hope. Hope can cause us to hold on to an idea, vision, or cause just long enough to see it through. When I have hope, I can take on a little extra. When I have hope, I

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Leading the Unwilling

Leaders have a choice when faced with unwilling attitudes. They can choose to be led by the team towards a more popular course of action. They can accept the momentum of the status quo and allow the team to choose the comfort of mediocrity. Or…the leader can choose to lead the unwilling through inspiration. They can choose

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The Intimacy/Inspiration Correlation

What inspires people? The answer to that is probably broad. Teams must know each other well in order to know what inspires them. Teams cannot simply function as a group of individuals that benefit from the collective effort and complementary skillsets. Teams must develop a rapport and level of intimacy to truly function as a unit that

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The Cause

Teams require inspiration. The source of inspiration should be a worthwhile cause. The cause needs to be worthwhile because the team needs to believe in it to the point of enthusiasm. The grind of hard work for a cause over time can diminish the collective enthusiasm of a team.  When enthusiasm wanes, it is the job of

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The Cure for Uncertainty

When great leadership is present, people have someone to look to when they are uncertain. Uncertainty can be the greatest cause of anxiety and hesitation. One of the most important jobs of any leader is to help the team value the practice of embracing uncertainty. People get scared. They need someone to acknowledge the scariness of the

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In the absence of…

It takes leadership to inspire people to see past what they are comfortable with. It takes leadership to help people see something they are not looking for so that they can do what they never thought possible. Sometimes it takes the absence of a leader to demonstrate just how necessary they are. When everyone seems to be

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The Greatest Predictor

Leadership is the great predictor of success for a team. I have seen the same team with the same players perform in a complete opposite way under two different coaches. Why? It’s simple. Some people lead well, and some do not. People notice a great leader the second they enter a room. Though they may seem intimidating

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Vision limits freedom…

…but in a good way. When a leader looks ahead with a vision, they see past all of the possibilities, noise, and distraction that isn’t the way forward. The leader is not free to try everything. The leader’s job is to inspire the team to see past all that isn’t the way forward.

Lazy Inspiration

One bad experience with a customer doesn’t define the experience of everyone else. The lazy leader may see one bad experience or report as confirmation of what he already believes and use the singular story to change everything he doesn’t like. Positive change doesn’t require a catastrophe to justify it. It does take the hard work to

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Category Archives: Inspiring Your Team

Sources of Hope

Hope isn’t something that a team or individual can feel entitled to. Hope has to come from somewhere. Common sources of hope include the following: Experience Example Examination Expectation Without these four “ex’s”, hope can diminish and lead to a lack of willingness to endure. I believe that most people are looking for a reason to endure

Read More

Hope

Endurance requires hope. The number one reason people quit is not because they lack mental toughness. It’s because they lack hope. Hope can cause us to hold on to an idea, vision, or cause just long enough to see it through. When I have hope, I can take on a little extra. When I have hope, I

Read More

Leading the Unwilling

Leaders have a choice when faced with unwilling attitudes. They can choose to be led by the team towards a more popular course of action. They can accept the momentum of the status quo and allow the team to choose the comfort of mediocrity. Or…the leader can choose to lead the unwilling through inspiration. They can choose

Read More

The Intimacy/Inspiration Correlation

What inspires people? The answer to that is probably broad. Teams must know each other well in order to know what inspires them. Teams cannot simply function as a group of individuals that benefit from the collective effort and complementary skillsets. Teams must develop a rapport and level of intimacy to truly function as a unit that

Read More

The Cause

Teams require inspiration. The source of inspiration should be a worthwhile cause. The cause needs to be worthwhile because the team needs to believe in it to the point of enthusiasm. The grind of hard work for a cause over time can diminish the collective enthusiasm of a team.  When enthusiasm wanes, it is the job of

Read More

The Cure for Uncertainty

When great leadership is present, people have someone to look to when they are uncertain. Uncertainty can be the greatest cause of anxiety and hesitation. One of the most important jobs of any leader is to help the team value the practice of embracing uncertainty. People get scared. They need someone to acknowledge the scariness of the

Read More

In the absence of…

It takes leadership to inspire people to see past what they are comfortable with. It takes leadership to help people see something they are not looking for so that they can do what they never thought possible. Sometimes it takes the absence of a leader to demonstrate just how necessary they are. When everyone seems to be

Read More

The Greatest Predictor

Leadership is the great predictor of success for a team. I have seen the same team with the same players perform in a complete opposite way under two different coaches. Why? It’s simple. Some people lead well, and some do not. People notice a great leader the second they enter a room. Though they may seem intimidating

Read More

Vision limits freedom…

…but in a good way. When a leader looks ahead with a vision, they see past all of the possibilities, noise, and distraction that isn’t the way forward. The leader is not free to try everything. The leader’s job is to inspire the team to see past all that isn’t the way forward.

Lazy Inspiration

One bad experience with a customer doesn’t define the experience of everyone else. The lazy leader may see one bad experience or report as confirmation of what he already believes and use the singular story to change everything he doesn’t like. Positive change doesn’t require a catastrophe to justify it. It does take the hard work to

Read More