Category Archives: Team Dynamics

Pace is Important

It is important to make sure that the direction is clearly defined and that everyone has a chance to get behind it. Moving too fast and assuming everyone is excited about the direction is a mistake many leaders make. When the team is not given a chance to talk through the direction, they miss the chance to

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Voting equals tolerance, not unity.

Not every team needs to function as a democracy. Voting that results in a non-unanimous outcome only asks the losing side to acquiesce to something they voted against. How does that promote team unity? Why not allow the naysayers to opt into a direction they oppose rather than powering through on the premise of majority rule? Every

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Choice is better than a vote.

Naysayers cannot be given a vote but they are always given an opportunity to choose to belong. Once a decision is made, it is important for everyone to understand that the team is moving in a particular direction. Those that don’t agree have a choice to choose to belong or separate from the team. This is true

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Terms

The naysayers are welcome to join us in their own time but they need to have the following terms: 1) Naysayers have no vote 2) Naysayers cannot become divisive 3) Naysayers must understand they are not the target audience These terms help set healthy expectations for those that don’t agree but choose to stay on the team.

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We all are…

As leaders we must find those that want to move and move with them. Every leader will have to deal with naysayers at every turn. Naysayers are not bad people. They are simply those that care enough about the team to express a different opinion or even concern about the direction or vision. The truth is that

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The Commitment

It takes commitment to develop others because of the people factor. Walking alongside someone as they go through growing pains can be enormously fulfilling. Unfortunately, it can also be extremely painful. When people struggle they may not always own those struggles. Our effort to help can be seen as exactly the opposite and we can be labeled

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The Opportunity

Developing people is always a risk because in the end, it’s not about being the person that led others to their potential. That can be a tempting outlook when things go well. That outlook is often the source of pride and ambition for many leaders. The truth is that development isn’t about outcome but instead it’s about

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It’s Worth It

When we invest in people, there is always a chance that the investment won’t work out as planned. Effort, resources, and time can seem wasted when potential isn’t realized. The truth is, investment is always a risk. There is no guarantee that everyone will live happily ever after. Knowing that makes potential turned reality that much sweeter

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The Willingness to Sacrifice

The difference between someone just being on the same team and a great teammate is the willingness to sacrifice. This is a subtle but easy way to spot the quality of a teammate. Is the teammate more interested in protecting their personal lifestyle or is the team a high enough priority? This question is tested when “extra”

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The Cost of Team

The concept of team comes with benefits that have a very real cost. Anytime we join a team, we have to sacrifice some autonomy. We have to share resources and depend on the success of others to set up our own personal success. It is never enough for a teammate to be neutral on the success of

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