Category Archives: Team Dynamics

Show up on time.

Causing people to wait is the same as reaching into their wallet and “borrowing” a few bucks because you didn’t plan well. Everyone is late once in a while because all of us get caught off guard at the amount of time it takes to complete something or travel somewhere. That one off type of tardiness can

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Bearded Introvert: formerly known as hermits

It isn’t good to be alone. I know you know that, but it seems like it is becoming more socially acceptable to say things like, “I hate people!” People are annoying at times and, if we are honest, each of us belong to that subset of the universe. There really isn’t enough room for all of us

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Coldly Conditional

There is nothing more devastating than finding out that a person who you counted as a friend was never really more than a relationship of convenience. This happens when people are friendly and seemingly loyal in the good times and we believe that the intended relationship had nothing to do with the status or resources my part

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When the Dust Settles

Family is found when the dust settles. Life happens and it’s not always pleasant or easy. Those less than pleasant circumstances are excellent opportunities to find out who your family is based on their response to those circumstances. This is a tough reality for most because the sentiment in our heart wants us to consider those we

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Finding Family

Finding family is the term we use when you find the group of people who will not use disagreement or circumstances to change their opinion of you. It’s the group of people who choose to be around you despite all the reasons not to. It’s also the group of people who you choose to be around despite

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The Oasis

Life only happens when we interact with each other. It’s scary to interact with people today if we know that we cannot be truly vulnerable without running the risk of being judged. We need an oasis in this country that lacks acceptance like a desert lacks water. That oasis is the diverse team. The team allows us

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The American Desert

It seems that if acceptance of others was water, then America would be a desert. Social media enforces this isolationist norm in such a harsh way that people are bullied into a socially acceptable image. A socially acceptable image is one that identifies what offends us and joins a group that also finds that thing offensive. This

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The Isolation Machine

Our culture has embraced a mindset that defaults to finding out why we don’t like something. Connection doesn’t seem to be the goal unless it’s sharing a common enemy based on a common offense to a particular group. This built-in isolation machine that we call American culture makes loneliness as American as apple pie, baseball, and huge

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Hit the Pinwheel

New ideas are exciting and can inspire a lot of energy. Great teams realize that new ideas will lose their new car smell quickly. What happens when they do? It is inevitable that new exciting ideas will become a grind and when that happens, enthusiasm will fade. Great teams plan for this moment and do not build

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Discipline and Grind

It takes an incredible amount of discipline to continue to work towards a distant future. Boredom will tempt a team to change direction for the sake of entertainment and that will delay or limit the team’s ability to arrive at its chosen destination. Changing direction comes at a cost if it is done simply so that the

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