The Path

When people give up on a best practice because of the difficult path necessary to reach it, they miss the fact that the difficult path is what makes the best destination better than the alternative. Powering through difficult to go to the best practices is what builds the character necessary to appreciate a best practice as the

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The Destination

Best is often talked about but rarely chosen. This is because best is often seen as a destination and not a process. People like the idea of the destination. The obstacle is what it takes to reach that destination. The path to best is what is unpopular to the ordinary people who settle for less-than-best so often.

Near Miss

Almost is often a choice. I find that falling just short is less often about giving it our all and just not making it. I think it’s the decision somewhere in the journey to compromise our best effort. It can be as small as going to bed with dishes in the sink. It’s that choice that says

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Disagree? Or lack confidence?

I always find it interesting to see how different teammates respond to challenges. I have found that many of the naysayers in the initial discussions are not saying no because they don’t agree with the direction. They cast doubt because they secretly doubt themselves and their ability to step up to the challenge. Usually what ends up

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Effort in Hindsight

There is an interesting pattern in history. We often look back on those that sacrificed everything to make our lives better with honor and reverence. The same is not often true for those that attempt to communicate the sacrifice necessary to move forward. We often look at them with suspicion and disdain. Are they crazy? To second

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The “Moral” Low Ground

When a team or teammate’s limit is set, the achievements beyond that set limit are not only seen as unreachable but perhaps even morally questionable. This is because the ease of their job has become what governs their decision-making. These are the people that wait all week for the weekend and dread Mondays. They look at success

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Protecting the Limit

Ordinary teams work very hard at efficiency to protect their limit. This is done to make sure that no extra tasks are needed. Teams that protect their limit can never achieve true greatness because it is not their goal. They may say it is but when they filter every potential endeavor through how difficult it will be,

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Efficiency with a Purpose 

Great teams master the basics in a way that makes them automatic and without thought. This makes the everyday tasks less effortful. Efficiency is a vital part of team development. Great teams do not work towards efficiency for the sake of simply making their jobs easier. They work to be efficient so that they can focus on

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Blah…

People that set the bar too low live with less disappointment or hurt because they don’t expect much of others or themselves. This life is lived with the solace of self-preservation in that emotional toughness is not required. Nothing ventured means nothing gained but to some, the rut is worth the lack of drama and disappointment. To

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Lowering the bar?

Life can be tough for those of us with high expectations. Maybe it’s an expectation of faster results or a positive response? High expectations can set us up for disappointment. That disappointment can mess with us. It can cause us to question ourselves and others. What if our expectations were unreasonable in the first place? Would that

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