Category Archives: Teambuilding

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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Finding the Summit

Success makes us busy because when we do something successful, we find that there is no real summit on the mountain to rest on. There is always another path to climb. This is why success is not often long-lived or repeated. The additional work that comes with winning often causes people to relax and thus head back

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Ask Questions

New is scary. The best way to initiate a training that you need is to ask questions. This is easier said than done because we often do not want to look like we don’t know something so we fake it until we make it or get found out. Sometimes we fear that there will be an unfair

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Anxiety Cure

The presence of anxiety in a job is almost always a direct result of a lack of training. I believe most people want to do their best work but many are under-trained and therefore suffer large amounts of unnecessary anxiety. Knowing what to do without knowing exactly how to do it can be a nightmare for someone

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Training Wheels

Every new teammate has a learning curve when they first join a team. It’s important to provide clear outlines of responsibility and reasonable expectations for those responsibilities. Training is as important as anything else in the first weeks and months of a new teammate joining a team. Telling someone how to start is as important as telling

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What know you ready?

People are never ready. Waiting for people to be ready for responsibility is like waiting to plant a seed and expecting it to grow. All a person needs to start is a good attitude and a willingness to learn. Placing responsibility in the hands of people with those two attributes are not guarantees, but they are our

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Dependent

When the team is dependent on my presence, I have either failed to do my job or I have not completed my task. Everyone on the team should work towards a system and development that replaces them someday. This doesn’t happen for two reasons and both are selfish. First, people are insecure about not being needed. They

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Cyclical Desperation

Too often teams are so desperate to just have one person to fill a position that they fail to prepare for the day when they will need to fill it again. Being behind in recruiting robs the team of a seamless transition when the inevitable transitions occur. The most important investment of energy any team can make

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More Baskets

Every football team starts the off-season with three or four prospects who will compete for the quarterback position. While there may be a front-runner for the job, every coach that is worth his meager or exorbitant paycheck develops others. This is because depth is important. When we put all of our eggs in one basket, we raise

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Enjoy the grind.

Success is reserved for those that enjoy the path to success. It’s not about finding the Wizard of Oz, it’s about the journey on the yellow brick road. Think about it. All the whimsical experiences happened on the road. The team found each other and persevered as they struggled towards their goal. The team grew while they

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