Category Archives: Team Dynamics

What know you ready?

People are never ready. Waiting for people to be ready for responsibility is like waiting to plant a seed and expecting it to grow. All a person needs to start is a good attitude and a willingness to learn. Placing responsibility in the hands of people with those two attributes are not guarantees, but they are our

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Dependent

When the team is dependent on my presence, I have either failed to do my job or I have not completed my task. Everyone on the team should work towards a system and development that replaces them someday. This doesn’t happen for two reasons and both are selfish. First, people are insecure about not being needed. They

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Cyclical Desperation

Too often teams are so desperate to just have one person to fill a position that they fail to prepare for the day when they will need to fill it again. Being behind in recruiting robs the team of a seamless transition when the inevitable transitions occur. The most important investment of energy any team can make

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Reciprocating Resentment

It’s important to understand why some people resent feedback. Insecure people tie their security to what others think about them. When they receive feedback from other teammates, they can make the mistake of feeling judged instead of evaluated. This is because they fail to equivocate between the two. Since we tend to resent those who judge us,

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We are not our win.

The most practical way to create a culture that chains the strengths of the team is to make sure everyone understands the difference between being judgemental towards a personality and evaluating a person’s actual work. Evaluation measures results and performance without allowing anyone to tie a person’s personal worth to any particular letdown or victory. That is

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Be the damsel.

It’s one thing to be the hero and help another person. That can do wonders for our ego. The team needs us and it’s a good thing for everyone that we showed up today. What happens when we need rescue? What happens when we realize we are actually the damsel in distress today? Great teammates take that

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Not For Everyone

Light is a great disinfectant but it is too much for some people to learn that the sting is good. Those people cannot be good teammates because they are too insecure to ever allow a team to accept them and cover their weakness. The sting is really the acceptance that we are not perfect and that others

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How Hiding Hurts

Insecurity is at the heart of every dysfunction because it causes us to hide and that concealment makes it very difficult to resolve the dysfunction before it hurts the team. That moment of discovery is dangerous because the embarrassment of getting found out is apocalyptic to the insecure person. Those shameful emotions only prove the insecure story

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Sad Selfishness

Emotionally insecure people hide their weaknesses and therefore set themselves up to let the team down when they discover the weakness at a crucial moment. It’s a sad selfishness that causes us to hide our weakness. It communicates that we don’t trust the team to see who we are in addition to our strengths. It also communicates

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Chaining Strengths

Great teams are not without weakness, rather they embrace the fact that weaknesses exist. They create a culture that chains the strengths of each individual to mitigate each weakness. This culture requires an emotional security that not only accepts the strengths and weaknesses of others but also requires that each individual acknowledge their personal strengths and weaknesses.

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