Category Archives: Team Dynamics

Casual World

Imagine a world where every time you aim for a ten, you stop at eight. This world always lets you off the hook. There are no vacations needed because everyday is casual Friday. There are no real consequences because all the authority figures have that laid-back attitude that seems cooler than those high-strung leaders that actually expect

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The Casual Limit

A casual attitude only ever accomplishes easy tasks. People that embrace the all-casual, all-the-time attitude can become adept at accomplishing easy tasks well. That is their limit though. They get stuck on the hard tasks and tend to think that anything that isn’t accomplished through their casual methods and attitude is actually impossible. Of course this is

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Overcome Hard

Life is hard. Success is simply the measure of how well we overcome the hard that life throws our way. Are we excuse-makers or overcomers? Are we looking for a solution or a reason why we should quit? Great teams find people that see difficulty as a door to a welcome challenge and not an obstacle to

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Risk

The fear of making a mistake could be the most prevalent reason a team’s potential is not reached. Risks are necessary because anything worth doing is likely iffy at best when we set out to do it. This includes trusting someone with something that they may not have a track record of success for. That track record

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Do you believe in potential?

Teams that believe people can change and grow are more likely to tap into the potential of the team. Unfortunately, most people who answer in the affirmative when asked if they believe that people can change or grow don’t usually match their answer with behavior that supports it. This requires a long-view approach to development and not

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Hidden Intangibles

Great teams understand that while there may be truth in stereotypes, it is often valuable to search for the less obvious qualities of a potential teammate. These are qualities that are intangible and often not coachable. These are the qualities that pleasantly surprise us about people and tend to set them apart from the rest of the

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Is easy right?

Someone that thinks easy is right cannot know their limits because their worldview causes them to quit before they can see their actual potential. I find that people look for the easiest path as confirmation for moving forward. When challenge turns us around, we miss out on the best parts of living. Is luck or God’s will

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Give someone else a turn…

Giving someone else a turn to make a decision or come up with a plan makes me a better teammate. When someone presents a process or plan do you automatically doubt it? I find this to be a natural human reaction to every plan that originates outside of ourselves. I have learned that I am a way

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The Cost of Poor Training

Teams that don’t train well usually depend on the untrained or elsewhere-trained individuals to carry the team. Training and developing is necessary if a team doesn’t want to depend on too few people for their source of successful outcomes. Leaders are usually the high-flyer that the team can be built around but if the best people neglect

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The Opportunity in a Soft Culture

Our culture has developed into an odd contradiction. It cries for equity and justice and disparages success. It also seems to be attempting to avoid the difficult aspects of what true success requires. All sides of the political spectrum may be driving this, but social media and other media seem to highlight the easy route of disparaging

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