Category Archives: Team Dynamics

How “HOW” Tests a Team

What and why is usually not as controversial as how. Most people can agree on the all-important “why”. It’s the cause and the sexy reason to be on the team. It is WHY we allowed ourselves to be recruited. The “what” is also a no-brainer because the work before any team is often very evident to everyone.

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Blend, Not Balance

Work and play seem to get categorized differently. Those that seem to enjoy work can then be judged as less fun than those that live for those weekend moments with family and friends. There are definitely people who overwork to the detriment of their relationships. But there are also people who underwork to the detriment of their

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Rewarding Loud

Every good parent knows that rewarding undesired behavior will only reinforce that undesired behavior. This seems like a no brainer until your child’s incessant crying or whining wears you down to give in and give them what they want. At that moment, the child doesn’t only get what they want, they have also gained the leverage over

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The DSQ

Not everyone has the best interests of the team in mind when they loudly protest a change. I find that often the loudest protests are an emotional defense of the status quo. The protest is not often against the decision itself, but is against the decision to jeopardize the comfort level the protester is enjoying. When the

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Responses to Good Decisions

Leadership requires a person to have a certain level of awareness of who they are leading. It is unwise to question the validity of good decisions simply because they elicit an unexpected response of intense emotion from teammates that already have a history of strong emotion toward necessary change. This is not to say that leadership should

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A Short List

The need to be correct and have everyone conform to that correctness is a sign that someone may be a bit high-maintenance. When correctness is placed above the well-being of a team, we have an inflexible teammate. There are topics that should have a narrow view of correctness but the list of those topics needs to be

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Flexible means not stubborn.

How is the important team attribute of flexibility identified? The easiest way is to see whether someone is stubborn. Great teams have a lot of opportunities to measure stubbornness and flexibility because they have great feedback loops. If someone refuses to budge when confronted with solid feedback, they are not flexible. No adjustment is needed because they

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The Flexibility Factor

Great teammates are flexible. They don’t NEED to have things done their way. They recognize their place on the team and make adjustments to make sure the best choice is chosen even if it isn’t their preference. This makes them low-maintenance. Being flexible allows others to focus on the needs of the team in the moment by

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High Maintenance?

Great teammates are not high maintenance. Think about how hard it is to please a high maintenance person. We all know them. I have learned that “high maintenance” is a way selfish people like to describe themselves to avoid using the word selfish. That may seem harsh but a self-described high maintenance person is well aware of

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Why is fun important?

Fun is important because it quickly bonds a team. When we have fun doing something, we want to do that fun thing more often. The team that has fun is drawn closer together than those that must grind out tasks in a terrible environment. The fun teams and the not-fun teams often have the same non-preferred tasks,

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