Responses to Good Decisions

Leadership requires a person to have a certain level of awareness of who they are leading. It is unwise to question the validity of good decisions simply because they elicit an unexpected response of intense emotion from teammates that already have a history of strong emotion toward necessary change. This is not to say that leadership should

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A Short List

The need to be correct and have everyone conform to that correctness is a sign that someone may be a bit high-maintenance. When correctness is placed above the well-being of a team, we have an inflexible teammate. There are topics that should have a narrow view of correctness but the list of those topics needs to be

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Flexible means not stubborn.

How is the important team attribute of flexibility identified? The easiest way is to see whether someone is stubborn. Great teams have a lot of opportunities to measure stubbornness and flexibility because they have great feedback loops. If someone refuses to budge when confronted with solid feedback, they are not flexible. No adjustment is needed because they

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The Flexibility Factor

Great teammates are flexible. They don’t NEED to have things done their way. They recognize their place on the team and make adjustments to make sure the best choice is chosen even if it isn’t their preference. This makes them low-maintenance. Being flexible allows others to focus on the needs of the team in the moment by

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High Maintenance?

Great teammates are not high maintenance. Think about how hard it is to please a high maintenance person. We all know them. I have learned that “high maintenance” is a way selfish people like to describe themselves to avoid using the word selfish. That may seem harsh but a self-described high maintenance person is well aware of

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Why is fun important?

Fun is important because it quickly bonds a team. When we have fun doing something, we want to do that fun thing more often. The team that has fun is drawn closer together than those that must grind out tasks in a terrible environment. The fun teams and the not-fun teams often have the same non-preferred tasks,

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All or Nothing

One of the more unfortunate “hang-ups” that I notice in the general population is the either/or/all-or-nothing mindset. If I broaden my view of fun, then I must embrace a life of debauchery and reckless decision making. Of course, this is nothing but a fearful mindset that sees life as a range of slippery slopes. Everything may be

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Not Fun?

“Earthers have hang-ups.” It’s one of my favorite lines from the MCU movies because it demonstrates what is wrong with so much in our world. The consensus is that you are not working hard enough if you enjoy your job or tasks. Some people think that I am odd because I enjoy tasks that others don’t. I

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The Flexibility/Fun Correlation

I have noticed that fun is often categorized outside of our work on a team. Our idea of what is enjoyable determines the level of enjoyment we experience in our lives. If we only allow “fun” to be outside of work, we will spend the majority of our lives working all week for the little bit of

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The Cost of Limiting Trust

Every teammate and leader will reach a point when they require help to maintain or grow what they have been trusted with. Since our name is on what we are trusted with, we sometimes limit our trust of others in helping us accomplish our tasks and goals for the team. The fact of the matter is that

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