Category Archives: Team Dynamics

Surprised

When loyalty is based on something more than a transaction of benefits, it can last for a surprising amount of time. This type of loyalty is fragile and it sneaks up on you. It never comes when loyalty is the goal. It is always a surprising side-effect of a life giving relationship. It’s a surprise because the

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The Loyalty of a Mercenary

Leaders either demand loyalty or inspire it. I believe that loyalty can be demanded at times but not for a long period of time. People understand that leaders make decisions that can benefit them and people can be loyal in exchange for those benefits. Transactional loyalty is limited because it treats loyalty like a currency. When circumstances

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What is loyalty?

Everyone hopes for loyalty in their relationships. Spouses expect a high level of loyalty and refer to it as faithfulness. Sports fans feel a sense of connection to a team that may seem like a loyal state of mind. I think I have an expectation that my friends “have my back” when I need them to and

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Tasks Can Distract

Our calendars and to do lists can be the biggest distraction in our day. Getting things done is an important part of being a teammate but it is only aspect. When tasks become the end and not the means, I can guarantee the team’s success is limited to a list with check marks on it. If we

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Peace or Unity

I find it interesting that teams often settle for something similar to the goal rather than the goal itself. Why? It’s easier. We all settle for less from time to time. It takes intention and discipline to make sure we lean into the hard areas of life so that we can achieve what matters most. A good

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Paying Attention

When we pay for something, we exchange a currency for something of value. Attention is a form of limited currency. This is probably why we call it “paying” attention. Our attention comes at a cost because of our natural limitations. As much as I would like to think otherwise, my attention is placed on one object at

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The Safe Pick

Not all of us get to pick our teammates but when you do, it’s important not to fall into the trap of choosing the safe pick. The safe pick is the easy way out because you get the short-term benefit of the excitement of new without too much disruption to the status quo. The reality is that

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The Deal Breaker

Every teammate has areas to grow and improve. People make mistakes. People experience learning curves. Since all of these facts are true of everyone, they shouldn’t be considered deal breakers. The deal breaker is when someone tries to deny these facts as true for them. When someone is foolish enough to believe that they have nothing to

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Fair Allocation

Fair isn’t about equal resources. Fair is about appropriate resource allocation. Everyone on the team is important but everyone on the team is not equal. Different jobs and tasks require different resources and those differences have little to do with the value of a teammate. This is also true about priorities. Urgent isn’t necessarily most important. It

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All Important

Everyone on a team should feel like an important part of the team. Great teammates have the ability to see the value of the work provided by others on the team. This allows them to resist the urge to compete for the team’s limited resources. The size of a person’s budget can communicate a status level on

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