Category Archives: Managing Change

Reading the Room

Being in the midst of a crisis is an interesting study of our teammates. These can be actual teammates, like coworkers, or family. Who steps up? Who is able to read the room correctly and know that this is not a business as usual situation where normal expectations and entitilements no longer apply? Just as importantly and

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Embrace Uncertainty

Our comfort is often found in what we can count on happening. The sun rising. The paycheck after a hard days work. Church on Sunday. Two of the three things I just mentioned are no longer guaranteed in the manner we are used to. Much of what we have counted on is no longer certain. This can

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Team Benefit

Most people resist accountability because they don’t like change. Accountability tells us to take our best next step forward. This often requires change that we know we wouldn’t make otherwise and is why the dislike of change limits our necessary growth. Growth is change and it forces us to adjust our lives to make room for it

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Derailed by the Ideal

Most gameplans never survive long in reality. Teams must have a mindset that is flexible enough to accept a change in circumstance and stubborn enough to stay the course despite the increase in expected difficulty. One of the biggest things that cause teams to fail is overreacting to a change in circumstance. Perhaps it’s because the change

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The New Year Drip

Happy New Year’s, everyone! This year, I want to challenge you to make one small change to your daily routine. Something that would benefit you in the long term. Something small that won’t become too much of an intrusion into your day. Maybe it’s a commitment to exercise. Maybe you can start taking some vitamins. Maybe it’s

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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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Old Fashioned

While teams can take too much pride in their own original ideas and waste time innovating something that already exists, I have seen just as much waste in taking too much pride in “modern” attitudes toward ethics and values. Some of the ideals that allowed what we call “the greatest generation” actually live up to their name

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The Start

Everything has a start. Something motivates us to look into making a change. Sometimes it’s an embarrassment that comes when we find out we aren’t measuring up to some socially acceptable expectation. Sometimes it’s an idea of what should be based on the discontent of what is. Sometimes something was started without the intention of creating a

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Who do you want to be?

The easy choice is not always the best path. Our present always seems to be defined by the current fork in the road and the choice we have to make. Even turning around to undo a past choice is a choice to take a particular path. I am responsible for every choice I have ever made. The

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Never forget the context.

We should never forget who we were so we can remember how far we have come. Progress is a story that has an ever-growing first act. Our past grows as our present moves into yesterday. We should remember just enough of our past to provide the context of who we are in our second act (today) and

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