Category Archives: Knowing What’s A Big Deal

Canceled

There is an unfortunate trend in our culture that is beginning to shape the way we respond to others. It’s the idea that if we don’t like the behavior of someone, we can “cancel” them as if they are a television show that is deemed “no longer acceptable.” This is the antithesis of what it means to

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Knowing and Feeling

Emotions are real and shouldn’t be dismissed. They also should not be over-emphasized to justify rash actions. It’s every teammate’s responsibility to maintain a healthy balance between rational thought and emotional motivation. This is done by acknowledging how we feel but choosing to act on what we know. Emotions should move us and facts should decide for

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Taking the Arrows

Leaders who hold the baseline between panic and dismissive indifference find themselves in the most precarious place. Some people will find their steadiness a comforting guide. Those are usually the ones who don’t swing too far from the baseline. They’re the reasonable folks who are looking for reason. Unfortunately, there are unreasonable folks who are, by definition,

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Our Relationship with Pain

We can either treat pain like a good teacher or an evil one to be avoided at all costs. How we respond shows us what we are able to handle. If we run from pain, we know we cannot handle much adversity. That may feel like a harsh judgement and it’s probably true of the majority of

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Understand

Any teammate can treat the rest of the team well when they are treated well. The test of a great teammate is how they respond when another teammate disappoints them. Sometimes it’s best to try to understand what caused the disappointment. Is it simply a bad day? Did they not sleep well? Are the struggling with other

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The Virus in the Data

Passive-aggressive bitterness is a dysfunctional form of deception that distracts from the team’s purposes and goals. I use the word deception because everyone else is deceived into thinking the shift in attitude or tone has nothing to do with the small offense that has grown in the mind of the offender. Passive-aggressive behavior that hides conflict and

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Meeting the World Where It’s At

When we see the world as it should be, we set ourselves up to live a life of disappointment. I choose to see the world as it is so I can influence closer to the ideal. If I choose to only see the world through a sentimental lens, I would be tempted to expect the ideal and

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Maintaining a Baseline

Circumstances tend to tell a story about the quality of a team. How a team responds to good times and bad times reflects the actual state of a team. This does not always match the professed or believed state of a team. Good teams can struggle with pride. Bad teams can allow insecurity to dominate their decision

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Nudging Without Expectation

There is reality and then there is what we want and choose to see. We all have ideal circumstances that we aim for. I have learned that ideal is rare. Very rare. It’s best to see the world as it is and not how we imagine it should be. This is a key to a much more

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Generalizing Fitness

Fitness is usually attached to visions of the gym and dieting. Fitness is simply the state of being fit. It is actually a spectrum and we are always in a state of fitness. We are always in shape, out of shape, or somewhere in between. We are always the before and after picture of the standard that

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