Category Archives: Teambuilding

Intellectually Lazy

I could make a case that making snap decisions about people as a base-level judgement is either immature or lazy intellectually. When I am tired, it is easy to let my mind run on autopilot and decide whether something or someone is good or bad without much conscious thought on my part. Before I realized that I

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Seeing is Not Believing

Judgements that label people in our minds will limit our ability to influence people. If we see someone as good, we will be less likely to develop that person because we will believe that they have already reached their potential. If we see someone as bad, will likely avoid working with them because it is difficult to

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When the Dust Settles

Family is found when the dust settles. Life happens and it’s not always pleasant or easy. Those less than pleasant circumstances are excellent opportunities to find out who your family is based on their response to those circumstances. This is a tough reality for most because the sentiment in our heart wants us to consider those we

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The Subtle Stuff

Every team culture has norms that act like unspoken rules. These norms actually create more of the culture than the rules in the handbook. Since they are unspoken, they are difficult for new people to pick up on without an awkward interaction to show them that they exist. Someone on the team should make it a point

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Training Vision

Direction can be confusing and knowing where a team is going and why it exists is extremely helpful. The vision of a team teaches the new teammate what too look for in each goal and endeavor. Coaching the eyes in this way allows new teammates to skip a lot of random discovery. If you could cut the time

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Value Exchange

Relationships are the value exchange for team building. When we choose to do things alone because “it’s better when I do it myself,” I miss out on the opportunity to build an existing relationship or begin a new one. Some people like the idea of a life without deepening relationships because their experience has been poor in

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HOF players can sometimes be mediocre teammates.

Too often people are not trained as an apprentice because the person that should be training them is too afraid of being replaced. This type of insecurity always holds a team back from having redundancy built into their team’s key positions. There are stories of how the great quarterbacks refuse to mentor the young back-up because they

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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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