Using a Different Standard

How can you trust new people? Think back to the first moment you were trusted to join a team. You were new. You were given responsibility you shouldn’t have been trusted with by some measures. However you were trustworthy and after doing your job, you proved that trust was not misplaced. Don’t find reasons to exclude others

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Small Circles

We always find reasons to exclude people because some of the darkest parts of human nature seek to define us versus them. This allows us to create a sense of safety by closing the acceptable circle of people we trust. This is ordinary and not great because small circles of trust never lead to greatness. Teams that

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Judged

Great teams judge in a great way. This means teammates are judged on the merit of their actions and not on non-sensical differences that may separate them from the team in some way. Every organization has a choice to see people as people or to see them as outsiders. When we see people as genders or foreigners

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Safety Check

In the state that I live in, we have to get a safety check for our cars before we can renew the registration. I have to admit, this annoying and inconvenient requirement is effective because there are a lot less cars on the side of the road compared to states that do not require a safety check

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Like WiFi

Too often the efforts of some of the best teammates anyone will ever have are like the WiFi signal. The benefit is often taken for granted when it works correctly but once it lapses, everyone loses their mind. People treat a WiFi signal as if it should be automatically available like the air we breathe. But like

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Appreciating the Magic

Great teams know that it’s important to never take great teammates for granted. It seems ironic that reliability is a rare trait but when we find it in an individual we often believe it’s our right to rely on it. This may be due to the principal of “out of sight out of mind.” Since what the

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The Pleasant Surprise

Excellence is not about the one time pleasant surprise. It’s about the expected standard being met over and over again and then eventually exceeded. Excellence is about the trajectory of a standard. Are things in a position to continue to improve? Too often a perfectionist will demand cosmetic adjustments to appear to meet a standard once, but

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Emotionally Excellent

Excellence is not necessarily a standard. It’s a healthy mindset that moves toward a standard. It takes humility to understand that excellence is always a work in progress. It also takes emotional security to understand that excellence is not really about how the standard is expressed today but rather how the standard is being achieved over the

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Resting on the Run

Great teammates know how to rest on the run. Resting on the run means that you identify opportune moments to restore some energy or mental attention in the midst of a project or activity. Some people power through projects and activities and plan to rest when they cross the finish line. This is a good mindset for

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Everyday Drills

I named the portion of my website that houses this blog “Everyday Drills” because it’s meant to be a short daily exercise in thinking about what it means to be a great teammate. When I coached football, I had drills that my players did everyday, no matter what. They even did them before games. They were drills

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