Category Archives: Team Dynamics

Being the Best Version

I struggle with my diet and I want the irrational reality where I can eat all the cookies and lose weight. This is the struggle everyone deals with at some point. We all have to make choices and teams must constantly choose who they want to be. Do they want to be the version of themselves that

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Whatever it takes.

Great teams understand the true meaning of this. That’s why they are great when others are not. They stood at the edge of the cliff of what is possible and counted the cost carefully. Their calculations supported the idea of doing whatever it takes to accomplish the goal. This is demonstrated when they endure what seems to

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Rooting for Them

Great teammates show their quality when they can legitimately root for a teammate who they do not agree with. They understand that if their teammate is correct, the team has a chance to benefit because they believe that their teammate is as much for the team as they are. They realize that their own ideas may be

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Seeing Green

Nothing turns someone into an enemy more than envy. Seeing something that you want in the hands of another can cause us to resent that other person in a way that limits our ability to work with them. Envy weakens a team dynamic by becoming an emotional barrier for collaboration. If someone has favor with the boss

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Dynamics

The team dynamic is what decides how a team will respond to different situations. Strong teams respond well and weak teams do not. What makes a strong dynamic is each member’s ability to see the team as something larger than themselves. When we see ourselves and others as parts of the whole, the dynamic will strengthen. When

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Great Friends

Great teams have the awesome side effect of producing great friendships. When teammates become great friends, they are motivated to help each other differently. They are not just trying to help the team do well but they want their friend to do well too. This enhances the team dynamic. Great friendships, however, can become a liability when

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Find Something to Celebrate

The grind can be daunting for even the most disciplined person who actually enjoys it. I am convinced that great teams don’t shy away from challenges because they are not shy about expecting hard work. Some people self-sabotage because they make the judgement that no one can handle such a hardcore attitude. I despise that mindset because

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Variable Accountability

Great teams know that great chemistry comes when everyone has a clear understanding of the consequences of every circumstance. They understand that there is nuance to different situations. Everyone and everything shouldn’t treated the same because they are simply not the same. This is especially true of accountability on the team. Most people don’t like this, but

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The Cost of the Unfit

Chemistry makes things work. Without it, it takes twice the effort to get half the result. It’s tough to be stuck with teammates who clearly do not fit. When people don’t fit, they can tend to be a wet blanket on any potential enjoyment. Conversations don’t move as freely as they could because people are trying to

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Laughter is a sign.

How is your team chemistry? How much fun do you have? One of the obvious measures of fun is simply laughter. When was the last time your team laughed together? Is it even allowed? Or is the team culture like a library? I am not talking about encouraging an ineffective goofiness where people do not take themselves

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