Category Archives: Teambuilding

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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The Developer

The best leaders are developers. You can recruit a great team but other recruiters can pull those teammates away. The developer has the advantage of being able to make sure every person on the team continually improves. Every developer must know where to start. This means that they must evaluate who is healthy and who is not.

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A Cultural Challenge

In our fast-paced and connected world, we have become increasingly comfortable with a steady stream of information that has been customized to our specific appetites. This has created a challenge for teams that require a reliability that goes beyond what the average person is willing to commit to. Requiring someone to attend to a task that is

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Assuming Priorities

It says a lot about a person’s view of leadership when they assume or expect that the leader will make the “safe” decision. It is the leader’s job to create just enough safety to allow people to maintain some confidence about the future. However, the need to protect safety at all costs is what separates the leader

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The Safe Assumption

Choosing a path forward that isn’t the safest path can be met with resistance. This is to be expected but I am often surprised that bold courageous decisions are often met with the assumption that the decision maker didn’t think things through. I suppose it is normal to assume that if someone would just think things through,

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The Safe Pick

Not all of us get to pick our teammates but when you do, it’s important not to fall into the trap of choosing the safe pick. The safe pick is the easy way out because you get the short-term benefit of the excitement of new without too much disruption to the status quo. The reality is that

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Pick Well

Every great team has done a great job recruiting. Picking the right people gives the team a huge advantage. Obviously talent and work ethic should be considered as top attributes for a potential candidate. Emotional health and maturity should also be at the top of the list of why someone would be a good fit. Good personnel

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Leading Past the Obstacles

Leaders must lead people past obstacles like hurt feelings, fear, and an affection for the status quo. Leaders who struggle with being the bad guy or asking too much of people are not likely leading. They are really just the team manager of ego and sentiment. Leaders should consider that there will come a day when they

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No Apology

Teams that embrace a culture of high challenge achieve more than those that apologize for hurt feelings or big asks. If a leader has to walk on eggshells to get people to consider doing more, then the leader has recruited poorly. Teams that embrace a challenge can only do so under two conditions. The leader must be

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