Category Archives: Team Dynamics

The Division of Unity

Dan Pierce/ May 17, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Teams that are unified are built to work together. A team that relies on the effort of a few talented people cannot be considered unified. This happens when quality teammates are taken advantage of by teammates that allow others to pick up their own slack too often. This creates a division of labor that becomes a division

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The Allegory Birthed from Resentment

Dan Pierce/ May 16, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

People like to disparage the boss because they like to take their shot at the position of authority. I believe that most people could identify a Michael Scott in their life. Someone they worked under that seemed to be as clueless as it gets. I also believe that in most of those cases, the leader or boss

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Being Led

Dan Pierce/ May 15, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

As important as strong leadership is, I believe that strong followship is just as important. Am I humble enough to maintain unity? Do I know when to voice disagreement? Do I allow others to lead me? This is tougher than most people are willing to admit. It’s easy to let a leader take the responsibility that every

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Shaming to Unity

Dan Pierce/ May 14, 2018/ Emotional Security, Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Character assassination seems to be all the rage for a culture that demands conformity. Teams that behave this way never accomplish much. It’s true for the catty cheerleading squad, a judgmental church, and the politically split United States of America. Unity that is achieved through shame and ignominy is not really unity. It’s a fear-based system of culture

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The Cause

Dan Pierce/ May 13, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Peace time is a difficult place to cast a vision because it lacks a cause outside preserving the status quo of comfort. Teams that experience infighting are not threatened enough by an opponent to point their efforts away from each other. The most effective way to guarantee my opponent’s ineffectiveness is to get them to become overly

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Working Together

Dan Pierce/ May 11, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

It should be obvious that teams perform much better when they work together. Great teams recognize the importance of collaboration and insist on it. People who resist collaboration are a bigger threat to the team’s goals than any outside threat or opponent. The ability to trust and get along with others is a huge part of being

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Unity

Dan Pierce/ May 10, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

Can a team work together? Can the leader unite the team through a compelling vision? Can each teammate do their part to preserve the healthy team dynamic that is necessary for a true unity to take place? Can the team overcome adversity together or do they rely on the talent of an individual player? Can the team

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The Example

Dan Pierce/ May 7, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

There are times when I don’t quit simply because the teammate next to me refuses to quit. No one wants to be the first to leave a party. When others are willing to hang in there, I am more likely to do the same. Maybe it’s the shame of being the quitter or it’s the inspiration of

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Overestimating Experience

Dan Pierce/ May 6, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

False hope is a dangerous thing to have because it keeps us on the deck of a sinking ship longer than we should be. When I overestimate my experience, I can find false hope in false correlations between my current and past experiences. Sometimes things are not as similar as we remember. This can cause us to

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I got your back…or do I?

Dan Pierce/ April 28, 2018/ Team Dynamics/ 0 comments

There should be no more encouraging and unifying phrase than, “I got your back…” Unfortunately teammates can have different operational definitions of what that actually means. Circling the wagons against an outside threat seems to be a common definition. However, I find that teammates often miss opportunities to have each other’s back because they are fearful in

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