Laughter is a sign.

How is your team chemistry? How much fun do you have? One of the obvious measures of fun is simply laughter. When was the last time your team laughed together? Is it even allowed? Or is the team culture like a library? I am not talking about encouraging an ineffective goofiness where people do not take themselves

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The Safety of a Great Team

Knowing your team will not judge you but will have your back is a vital component to any team dynamic. Sadly, many people have no frame of reference for what this feels like. Great teams don’t worry about blame or fault in a challenging moment. They rally around each other to turn the momentum back in their

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Time Tested 

The consistency of a team over many years is a plus. Understanding how each person compliments the other only comes over extended time. Most people bounce from team to team and never get a chance to experience the synergy that develops between teammates who work together with success for years. I am not talking about tenure. I

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Abilities and Liabilities

I have noticed that the best teams understand each other well. There is something special about a team that has spent so much time working together that they can communicate through looks and not words. While this is a neat trick, it doesn’t come without an important understanding. That understanding is what makes the longevity possible. People

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Less than ideal…

One of the biggest obstacles to getting things done is the near obsessive compulsive need to make sure everything is an ideal situation before moving forward. Some people just like the idea of perfection while others hide from accountability by waiting for “ideal”. This attitude might seem like a high standard but it’s actually a very low

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Low Confidence

I find that 99% of my hesitation comes from an interfering thought that lowers my confidence. I don’t like doing things that I am not good at. I don’t think I am the only person in the world who spends most of my energy maximizing the time I spend daily doing what I am good at and

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Try the Handle

Permission is like a key to a locked door. How many times have we allowed a perceived lack of permission to hold us back from taking the action we know would benefit the team? This is like waiting around a locked door only to watch someone else try the handle and open it. When we use permission

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Healthy Fear

Healthy fear is better categorized as wise caution. This comes from experience and helps in understanding how timing and resources can help mitigate risks. Healthy fear isn’t a result of insecurity. It is a result of understanding limits. There is a huge difference between the two but many people do not see the distinction. A huge red

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What to do…

What should a team do when they are dealing with someone who hesitates and allows unhealthy fear to enter into the decision-making process? The first step is to acknowledge the fearful statements as actually fearful. This step is important because people often mistake their fear for wisdom and it is important to not allow others to see

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Anti-vision

Fear can keep us safe but it can also hold us back. Progress isn’t always safe and those who hesitate to leave a place of safety are actually often more dangerous than the risks that terrify them. Fear is contagious and those who are not willing to take risks should not have influence on the decisions of

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