Relying On Luck

There is a poisonous way of superstitious thinking that betrays more of a lack of work ethic than some kind of spiritual belief. People who say they would rather be lucky than good really mean they would rather leave things to chance than to the hard work it takes to put the team in a position to

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Real or not?

Every sport has its superstitions that teams follow. These are small little practices and rituals that don’t really have any actual impact on an outcome. Why do we do them? Comfort? A sense if control? Yes. But, although it’s a false sense of comfort and control, that false sense can provide a missing piece in the mind

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Tool or weapon?

If you are being managed by a micromanager, effective communication will highlight the micromanagement tendencies. Most micromanagers don’t know they micromanage. They are proud of their attention to detail and do not trust that others have the same concerns and attention they have. Effective communication is an amoral tool and in the hands of a trusting and

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Highlighting Insecurity

If you are managing insecure people, effective team communication will highlight that insecurity. The good news is that highlight may spark some crucial conversations which will allow you to move forward. This may result in a new opportunity to connect and work as a team but more likely, the consistent practice of team communication will document and

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Baggage

When team communication works, the team creates a habit of sharing the truth about situations. When communication doesn’t work, it’s used to confirm insecure biases on either end of the management spectrum. Much of what we say or communicate is unhelpful or even hurtful. This is why people learn to keep to themselves even when communication is

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Team Killer

Insecurity is a team killer and it can be present on both sides of a management dynamic. The insecure manager will not trust anyone enough to fully empower them. Those who are insecure and under management will never trust the authority they are under and will likely be suspicious of any mechanism that feels like it will

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New

New is both exciting and scary. I guess that’s why we tend to fight for the status quo. We would gladly trade the excitement that new brings to avoid the fear that could come with it. We are the reason our lives seldom move forward like they should. We accept the mediocrity of life because it promises

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Effective Team Communication

Effective team communication is a tool meant to enhance each teammate’s ability to better serve the team and systems they are responsible for. This tool can be misused by those who are prone to micromanaging others. Effective communication should not be designed to be a big brother-like tool to “keep tabs” on others. It’s meant to facilitate

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Energy Cost

Anxiety can sometimes mean that we care about something. While that’s true, it’s not the best kind of caring. Anxiety costs us energy and that energy is not without a limit. A better form of energy that demonstrates care is preparation. If we care enough about something, we will be thoughtful about it. “Winging it” is stressful

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Seeing the Future

Good leaders solve problems. Great leaders avoid them whenever possible. As we experience the ups and downs of life, we are able to gain some understanding of the various cycles time takes us through. Time is less linear than we like to think. It’s more cyclical. I guess it’s easier to blame our lack of foresight on

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