Category Archives: Teambuilding

Future Flames

I have learned that nothing is ever as bad as it seems. There is always some good to find in an adverse situation if we have the eyes to see it. Our pride and confirmation bias can work against us to create an all-or-nothing attitude toward our circumstances. There aren’t just learning opportunities in a loss. There

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Overcome Hard

Life is hard. Success is simply the measure of how well we overcome the hard that life throws our way. Are we excuse-makers or overcomers? Are we looking for a solution or a reason why we should quit? Great teams find people that see difficulty as a door to a welcome challenge and not an obstacle to

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Risk

The fear of making a mistake could be the most prevalent reason a team’s potential is not reached. Risks are necessary because anything worth doing is likely iffy at best when we set out to do it. This includes trusting someone with something that they may not have a track record of success for. That track record

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The Right Conditions

Potential isn’t a reality. Potential is a possible future. Individuals require others around them to do the following three things in order to have the best chance to reach their potential. 1) Believe people can change. 2) Delay deduction. See mistakes as an opportunity to learn and not a confirmation of an existing judgement 3) Embrace risks.

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Reaching Potential

Every team should be about reaching the team’s potential. This includes the wins that everyone is usually worried about. However, if the team only ever aims at the team win, it will often overlook the development of the individuals on the team. This sacrifices the immediate goal for the long term goal of growth and development. Everyone

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Does your training leave your team less prepared?

Trainings should test a person’s limits to help them understand what it will take to succeed in real-life situations. We have to fight the urge to underestimate the difficulty of the tasks that surround success. Settling for an easy or convenient training session wastes everyone’s time and creates a false sense of preparation. This lessens the actual

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Don’t be that desperate!

Training is not the context for convenience. If someone is not willing to be inconvenienced for the opportunity to learn to be a better contributor to the team, we have not led them or our team well. Training is such a vital aspect of moving a team forward that it must happen regardless of expected convenience. I

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The Cost of Poor Training

Teams that don’t train well usually depend on the untrained or elsewhere-trained individuals to carry the team. Training and developing is necessary if a team doesn’t want to depend on too few people for their source of successful outcomes. Leaders are usually the high-flyer that the team can be built around but if the best people neglect

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Is equity fair?

Equity sounds like a virtue when fairness is the goal. Do not be deceived into thinking fairness is the goal of development. It isn’t. It isn’t fair to ask more of a hurting and unhealthy person than we should. It isn’t fair to treat a healthy person as if they are sick. It isn’t fair to water

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People eat cookies. People are not cookies.

Too often we treat people as if everyone is the same. The unhealthy get put in places of authority that they never should have access to and are given an opportunity to spread their dysfunction to others. The healthy are left alone without much direction or leadership. Leaders become stale when everyone receives what the lowest common

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