The Long and Short Term

The concept of apprenticeship is one that helps teams invest in their future. Every person should train another person to do their job. This is great in the short-term because it allows a teammate to take a sick day without costing the team. It is great in the long-term because it allows the team to consider promoting

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Too Many on Too Few

When too many things depend on too few people, the team becomes a slave to circumstance. Life happens and the size of the team determines how resilient the team can be when it does. People get sick. People’s kids get sick. People go on vacation. People move on to other opportunities. These facts can be anticipated and

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Our pronouns say a lot.

I grew up near Los Angeles. I love basketball. I love the Lakers and hate the Clippers.  Both of them are LA teams. They even play in the same building. When they play each other, I am not torn as to who to root for. When I talk about the Lakers, I tend to use the pronoun

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The Non-Fan

Every sports team has fans but not everyone acknowledges the flip side to that coin…every team has haters. There is some kind of natural and innate aversion to acknowledging that there are people who don’t like certain things. We are not surprised by that fact but I do think we don’t like to talk about it. I

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Willing Smarter not Harder

Michael Jordan is quoted as saying, “It’s not how hard you pushed along the way. It’s about having something in you to finish.” Having a strong will isn’t about working yourself to exhaustion. It’s about having the willpower to make the best decisions at every opportunity. It’s about resting well so that you can be at your

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The Will

Focus and commitment still require something else to become a staying influence on a team. Teams also require the will to do what they are setting out to do. Our will is simply the choice we make every day to move forward. It’s the choice to get out of bed. It’s the choice to make good choices

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Commitment, Self-Expression, and Politics

It takes courage to try something new because you like it or think it’s right, but it takes commitment to stay with it after the onslaught of responses to that courageous moment. I am not just talking about junior high level fashion wars. This could apply to politics at all levels and in every arena. When everything

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Commitment

It takes a committed person to truly be self-expressive. I think that’s a tremendous paradox that people in our culture find themselves in. How can I be truly self-expressive AND accepted? Most of the self-expression out there on social media is a copycat game. This has always been true but social media gives us an seemingly unlimited

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Commitment Level

What happens when things get uncomfortable? Most people spend a lot of their energy avoiding discomfort. That makes it a high priority. When comfort is a high priority it will compete with all the other priorities. This is likely why people have “commitment issues”. The level of discomfort passes a threshold that is set by the level

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Commitment

“Whatever it takes” was the tag line of the latest Avenger movie. It’s a communication of the level of commitment someone has in an endeavor. Football players and coaches use the term “selling out” to describe someone who is willing to dive at the expense of their body to catch a football or make a play. Teams

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