Category Archives: Winning

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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Development

Winning is usually the goal but the ongoing goal of every great team is to continue to develop. Win or lose, development is always at the forefront of a great team’s mind. It’s one thing to play the game today, but great teams are great long-term because they see the world through the glasses of the long

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Life and Sport

Winners in life and sport tend to be more disciplined than those that consistently don’t win. Win or lose, it is a fact so we can either get better at playing the game or pretend that we are not really trying to win when we lose. People can either live in such a way that puts them

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Unwavering Attitudes

Teams and teammates that have an unwavering attitude resist the wisdom of the quitter or settler. The path of least resistance doesn’t sound like wisdom to them. The unwavering team can be annoying because they stubbornly hang in there long after others move on. They seemingly waste time in a painful effort that wasn’t supposed to be

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The Willing Volunteer

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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When to Let Go

Not every team wants to win. Most want to look like they are winning while doing whatever they want to do in the process. The winning formula requires people to give up themselves in that process. This is very difficult to do and that is why winning is rare. When a team sets out to do things

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Winning is not an event.

Teams that won once usually tell that tale for years to come. The older we get, the better we were. For them, winning was a special event that seemed to happen when the stars aligned. Those teams are not winning teams. A winning team never sees a win as an event that becomes legend. They see winning as a

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Winning Well

Emotionally security is also necessary to handle winning well. Not everyone wins consistently and I am convinced that the reason why is that not everyone is prepared to handle the win. To quote the Joker, they are like the proverbial dog chasing the car, not knowing what they would do if they were to ever catch it. Sadly too

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