Category Archives: Team Dynamics

Looking Good

Ownership of a mistake is counterintuitive to those that work hard to keep up appearances. Let’s be honest, it’s sometimes difficult to own a mistake because we don’t want the incident to harm our reputation. This innate sort of pride lingers from that childish fear of getting caught. Kids have to be taught to own up to

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The Ironic Mistake

We all would like to avoid mistakes, and we should. That desire can limit us from taking the necessary risks to succeed. When that happens, our conservative choices that were made to avoid a mistake become just that — mistakes. This happens when we miss opportunities that cost the team. Mistakes are often the cost of being

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“I told you so…”

When the team is moving in a direction that I didn’t agree with but I have chosen to support, I must understand that my concerns and misgivings may not have as much influence as those that are in agreement of the direction. It is vital that I continue to contribute to team discussions because my perspective is

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How do I know when I am not supportive?

When I cannot help myself from looking for others that might share my disagreement, I am in danger of harming the team dynamic for the sake of my preference or agenda. If I have gotten to the point that my disagreement has taken the form of a moral judgement, then I must think about why I would

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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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