What now?

So you got your answer to the question of who is reliable and who isn’t. The next question to ask once you know someone is not dependable is, “What now?” Every team must decide if a person has the potential to improve or not. Stubborn people who do not want help should be separated from the team.

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Reading the Room

Being in the midst of a crisis is an interesting study of our teammates. These can be actual teammates, like coworkers, or family. Who steps up? Who is able to read the room correctly and know that this is not a business as usual situation where normal expectations and entitilements no longer apply? Just as importantly and

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Taking the Arrows

Leaders who hold the baseline between panic and dismissive indifference find themselves in the most precarious place. Some people will find their steadiness a comforting guide. Those are usually the ones who don’t swing too far from the baseline. They’re the reasonable folks who are looking for reason. Unfortunately, there are unreasonable folks who are, by definition,

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Keeping the Baseline

Every team will find itself in a crisis at some point. Sports teams fall behind and must make adjustments to make a comeback. Office teams run into obstacles that cause them to rethink their gameplan. Families are hit with adversity that causes them to rally around each other to power through circumstances. The world is at a

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Punctuated Equilibrium

How do you manage the stress of your life? I used to go to the gym and burn not only calories but all my anxiety, irritation, and malice through physical activity. Now the gym is closed due to COVID-19 and I am left to deal with all those wonderful aspects of myself. I have heard people talk

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Embrace Uncertainty

Our comfort is often found in what we can count on happening. The sun rising. The paycheck after a hard days work. Church on Sunday. Two of the three things I just mentioned are no longer guaranteed in the manner we are used to. Much of what we have counted on is no longer certain. This can

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The Learning Curve of Leadership

Leadership requires a high level of emotional security. Insecurity robs the leader of the opportunity to become a learner. Our own insecurity causes us to want to fake it until we make it but that only tends to isolate us from the help and instruction we need in critical moments. I am blown away by the choice

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The Test of Circumstance

What are we willing we do to accomplish the team’s goals? What aren’t we willing to do? Anything short of sin? Hangups about certain things in peacetime tend to hinder us less in wartime. Things outside our comfort zone can become morally ambiguous when a crisis demands that we cross lines drawn in the sand by our

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Don’t be the mayor.

No leader wants to be the Mayor of Amity Island and fail to close the beach on 4th of July weekend with the knowledge that there is a potential “invisible threat” swimming around. As leaders of a church, city, sports league or country, we have all been placed in the shoes of that mayor and been tested

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Play the hand you can.

I would not wish a global pandemic on anyone at any time but I do believe it is important to play the cards that are dealt to us the best we can. Sometimes we get dealt something that is not really a great hand, but if played well, could still lead to a win. In this break

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