Category Archives: leadership

Maturity vs Experience

Maturity is an often underrated attribute that every great teammate shares. It may even be the root cause of why a great teammate is so effective. Some might call it experience but maturity is more than experience. Experience tells us what to expect while maturity tells us how to respond. People with the same experience but different

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Effective Assessment

Every great team has a culture of evaluation. This is necessary to assess effectiveness and effort. Even their assessment is effective because they assess the right things. It’s easy to measure things that are going to show a positive result but great teams are not afraid to take a look under the hood to see what needs

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Worse Than Dead Weight

There are effective people out there who are ready to be on a team to learn and contribute while being led to something they could not achieve on their own. There are less effective people out there who want to join a team because they think the team needs them. Joining a team requires a desire to

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Do you even want to be led?

Now the tone the title of this blog has is meant to be in same spirit of the often used “DYEL” fitness meme. Yes…I am making the connection between those who think they know what they are doing but refuse to be led by any kind of authority and those who think they know fitness but have

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Be The Example

Every team is working toward a goal and that goal requires someone on the team to lead the way through example. This is best when it’s the leader, but we don’t have to be the leader to be the example that inspires the change and growth necessary to achieve the goals. Sometimes people need to see the

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Best Interests

Every team dynamic is made up of overlapping circles of influence. Leaders who develop relationships with their teammates are often given the benefit-of-the-doubt where others in leadership are not. The same is true of those who choose to develop a rapport and relationship with the leader of their team. People are always more influenced by those who

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The Messenger Matters

Influence can be the difference between making a message inspiring or aversive. When a person who has influence speaks, people listen. Influential people can pitch the same vision as a person without influence and get a very different result. Am I saying that what people say is not always as important as who says it? Yes. Human

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Deeper and Wider

Influence is something people often underestimate. People who fail to move others towards a vision are often missing the power that influence provides. Gaining influence is not as difficult as people think, but operating without influence is very difficult. The secret to gaining influence is found in personal connection. The deeper the connection, the more influence a

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Embracing the Enemy

It is good for teams and teammates to have aspirations and ambitions. Teams should strive to be more than what they currently are. Reaching higher heights requires more than a wish or even more effort. It requires a willingness to grow and therefore, change. It requires an honest look at what currently exists and what is holding

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The Herd Mindset

Great teammates do not set standards through memos and handbooks. They set standards by being the example. They know their line and they are not easily convinced into compromising and crossing that line. There is a stubbornness that is required to being the example others will emulate. Humans are herd animals and often all they need is

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