Category Archives: Winning

The Defining Moments

Everyone has a defining moment that they can point back to when they make choices. These moments can be earthshaking childhood memories that help shape our world view. They can also be small victories early in the day that help set the tone for how we see the rest of our day. The point is that we

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Any Given Sunday

Winning is the toughest thing to manage. Winning feels great. Winning often feels even better. That good feeling can be a trap because it can create a sense of entitlement to always come first. True winners earn the top spot. They work hard to get there because they know that it isn’t guaranteed. Once someone expects to

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Humility and Entitlement

The clearest indicator of pride may be a sense of entitlement. It can manifest in a number of ways. We can feel entitled to a position on the team because of the expectation of certain rites of passage like tenure and effort. We can feel entitled to an endless supply of resources because we think our job

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Looking for the finish line or the excuse?

Tenacity is an important attribute for a great teammate. Tenacious people don’t quit as easy as others. I believe this is because they have enough confidence to accomplish what they set out to do. That may sound like a no-brainer but it isn’t what everyone does. Some people start endeavors with no real intention to finish. They

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The Learner’s Opportunity

The valuable insight we find in rethinking what we once thought grants us wisdom that helps us to make real time adjustments. Those adjustments allow us to not only be reactive to things we didn’t anticipate in our original plan or method, but to also learn. The wisdom gained from the humble attitude of a learner usually

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Switch It Up

When a team progresses, it is important that it adjusts for the increases that come with growth and success. Consistent winning is rare because many routines that got us to a peak of success will not keep us there. Winning is deceptive in that it makes us feel as if we have everything figured out. The best

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Knowing Your Whys

Why is important. Leadership books emphasize the need for everyone to know “why” in order to get them to buy in. Communicating why is vital for a team to execute the plan forward. This is especially true when playing the long game because today’s tiny win needs to be framed up in the context that points to

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Blind Firing

It’s difficult to identify today’s small victory as progress towards a future win when you don’t know what that future should be. Most people don’t know what they are going to have for lunch by 11am, so it’s safe to say that many people don’t have a long-term plan. Nothing is the only thing you hit every

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Progression

Playing the long game requires some foresight. Foresight sees today’s win as a step on the path forward. Every day and every action means something when you look ahead instead of fighting for today. Progress most often comes in incremental pieces. Big wins are usually a culmination of someone’s tiny bits of progress over a long period

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Long Game

Today tends to dominate the priority list. Great teams understand that every decision shouldn’t be based on short-term outcomes. Band-Aid solutions and delaying the inevitable always catch up with us no matter how hard we try to outrun them. If you play the long game when everyone else isn’t, you will outlast your opponent. This is an

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