Category Archives: Teambuilding

The Long and Short Term

The concept of apprenticeship is one that helps teams invest in their future. Every person should train another person to do their job. This is great in the short-term because it allows a teammate to take a sick day without costing the team. It is great in the long-term because it allows the team to consider promoting

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Too Many on Too Few

When too many things depend on too few people, the team becomes a slave to circumstance. Life happens and the size of the team determines how resilient the team can be when it does. People get sick. People’s kids get sick. People go on vacation. People move on to other opportunities. These facts can be anticipated and

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Rookie Move

Those who struggle to see the world through the filter of focus are operating at a clear disadvantage. Rookies often demonstrate a lack of focus when they get overwhelmed by the speed of the new level of competition. Things seem to move too fast for them. They are caught reacting rather than implementing their plan and therefore

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Seeing the Diamond

Great team-builders have the ability to see what isn’t visible in the present. Potential is the basis of all hope for building any team at the outset. Seeing the diamond when everyone else sees a lump of coal is what sets the great team-builders apart from those who only recruit for the need of the moment. Seeing

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The Diligent Team-Builder

Diligence is a rare attribute. It requires not just patience but a consistent commitment to finish regardless of how long the endeavor takes. I often underestimate how long real change and significant growth takes. This causes things to take longer than I anticipated and when that happens, I have to make a choice to finish what I

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The Patient Team-Builder

Rome was not built in a day. Great teams were not either. This is true even if top talent comes together to form what looks like a great team on paper. The team dynamic still needs to develop over time. Collaboration requires more than a common goal. It requires a commitment to the time required to learn

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The Humble Team-Builder

It takes humility to build something bigger than yourself. A team is not supposed to revolve around one person but our egos like to make everything revolve around us. True teams require a commitment to collaboration. That commitment requires comfort with sharing the spotlight. Anytime the team-builder believes the old adage, “if you want something done right,

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Three Attributes of a Team Builder

Everything has to start somewhere. Team building is no different. Building a team is more difficult than most people realize. Pulling other people together to work toward a common goal takes patience, diligence, and humility. All three of these attributes must be present for any team to have a chance of forming and fulfilling its purpose. Team

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Full Disclosure

Great teams should do their best to get to know candidates in the recruiting process. This allows them to choose candidates who have an upside that make their liabilities worth the risk. This makes it possible to move forward without as much fear of being “found out”. Initial honesty not only builds trust but also helps create

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Self Expression

Teams need to have an identity but there is a balance between a chosen unity and a forced culture. Very different individuals can choose to belong to the same cause or team while maintaining their personal identity. This is especially important to understand when recruiting people from the current youngest generation. Limiting their self expression could be

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