Category Archives: Teambuilding

Something Worth Quitting Over

Dan Pierce/ January 15, 2018/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Is the vision of my team worth someone dropping everything they are currently doing to join the cause? Recruiters must understand that every opportunity has a cost. When people choose to join us, they must quit something else. No team should ever feel entitled to someone’s allegiance. It’s a them-or-us situation. What is my team offering that

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The Transactional Volunteer

Dan Pierce/ December 2, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

The transactional volunteer is happy to help at a cost. They see the help that they give as a down payment for a future favor or influence. These types of teammates will cause you to consider the cost of their help in the future. Great teammates help the team for the benefit of the team and not

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The Hesitant Volunteer

Dan Pierce/ December 1, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

The hesitant volunteer isn’t enthusiastic about either the task or the idea of helping. That hesitation should not be judged as negative because they usually end up helping with a non-preferred task and in a way that takes more resolve than the volunteer that enjoys what they are helping with. When someone is hesitant, they may have

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The Willing Volunteer

Dan Pierce/ November 30, 2017/ Teambuilding, Winning/ 0 comments

The willing volunteer actually enjoys what is being asked of them. They are teammates that accept a task that isn’t necessarily in their job description because they want to. They are not just happy to help, they are also happy to do what no one else seemed to want to step up to do. It might seem

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Dan Pierce/ October 27, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

I would like to thank everyone who has chosen to follow this blog for the past few years. I benefit greatly from being able to articulate the different dynamics of being a team. I am pleased to announce that the blog has moved to the URL: beginning today. This is the result of a team effort

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Dan Pierce/ October 26, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

When we choose discipline, we must know that we are choosing to be different. Embrace the silent judgement. Smile at the not so silent judgement. That judgement is simply the sound of your example being noted. Congratulations.

There’s no pressure like peer pressure.

Dan Pierce/ October 25, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Shaming the disciplined is an easy way to maintain a sense of normalcy when our standards get challenged by the better choices of others. When I sense that someone’s choice is a statement against my current practice, I have a choice to consider why I choose what I choose or justify my own choices. I can go

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Embarrassed by Discipline

Dan Pierce/ October 24, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Discipline requires a lifestyle that is not entirely normal. It requires inconvenient choices that are perfectly fine in private, but something interesting occurs when those choices get found out by others. If I am disciplined to abstain from certain content in movies, certain foods, and certain words, that may mean that my friends have to see a

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The Reason for Ridiculous Rules

Dan Pierce/ October 23, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

I once saw a “No Diving” sign on top of a cruise ship. I thought that the rule on the sign seemed ridiculous because most people would not attempt a dive at such a dangerous height. Then I realized that most people doesn’t include ALL people and someone likely severely injured themselves by diving from that very

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Dan Pierce/ October 22, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Rules are important but our perspective on rules is even more important. If I see a rule as an obstacle, I am more likely to feel inconvenienced by it. I may be more apt to complain about and eventually break the inconvenient rule. However, if I see a rule as a boundary instead of an obstacle, I

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