Category Archives: leadership

Ending Meetings On Time

The number one way leaders waste their teammate’s time is by allowing a meeting to go longer than planned. If we expect people to manage their time well, we cannot expect them to plan around our own lack of planning. Most meetings run over because of small choices to dwell too long on a topic or stray

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Avoiding the Victim Mindset

Mindsets are scary because they are behind the scenes. We think they are secret but they get found out when we make certain statements. Victim mindsets never own anything that is going wrong. Victims are not interested in growing. They are only interested in explaining why they are not growing and it’s never their fault. Leaders never

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Staying the Course

Sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to simply stick to the gameplan. When teams face adversity, there is a temptation to adjust too quickly. Good leaders in any position on the team are not too quick to abandon what everyone worked so hard to plan just because things go sideways for a moment. Outlasting

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Leaning, Leading, and Solving Problems

Teams need to solve problems. Problem-solving is the number one attribute of a great teammate. When a team is full of problem solvers, there is nothing the team cannot overcome. You can tell when a team is missing the problem solvers because the response to problems is to shrink back, blame, or make excuses. The problem solvers

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Seeing Opportunity in Obligation

Experienced coaches always coach the eyes first. This is especially important when dealing with tasks that seem like an obligation. When the team only sees the obligation, they must fight for a level of energy to get them through it. We have all done it. Think of the last conversation that you didn’t want to be a

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Accepting Disagreement

Accepting that disagreement is both necessary and healthy is the first step to a willingness to disagree well. Any team that lacks disagreement is never going to achieve greatness because they either limit healthy conflict and debate or they are dishonest with themselves about the presence of it. This is usually the case when people are uncomfortable

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The Subtle Stuff

Every team culture has norms that act like unspoken rules. These norms actually create more of the culture than the rules in the handbook. Since they are unspoken, they are difficult for new people to pick up on without an awkward interaction to show them that they exist. Someone on the team should make it a point

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Training Vision

Direction can be confusing and knowing where a team is going and why it exists is extremely helpful. The vision of a team teaches the new teammate what too look for in each goal and endeavor. Coaching the eyes in this way allows new teammates to skip a lot of random discovery. If you could cut the time

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Doomed to Repeat

How was your initial experience on the team? Were you trained or forced to discover methods, values, and vision? Do you require others to discover their way forward the same as you? That’s the tough reality of a culture that dismisses the value of training. Just because we overcame a lack of training doesn’t mean that our

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Hi, I’m new.

What is the experience of a new team member? Is there training on vision? Tasks? Values? Boundaries? Most teams don’t train well on any or all of these important topics. Most people fail to develop replacements before they are needed and therefore, the need creates an urgency to start that prevents proper training from taking the prioity

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