“This far but no further” teaches culture.

It’s all fun and games until someone holds someone accountable. I know that is not how the saying usually goes but I happen to know it’s true from so much personal experience that I wrote a book on the subject. It’s called Villain and it is meant to be an encouragement to those who have the courage

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A Battle of Wills

Winning is always a matter of will. I remember long battles in one-on-one basketball when I was younger. Every basket was worth one point, we had to win by two and the winner got the ball. It required a tremendous amount of will to win because we were never guaranteed to get the ball back. I remember

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The Excuse in My Pocket

Circumstances can seem to line up against us but if we make up our mind to finish regardless of what happens, we will finish. Unfortunately, too many people get caught up in the inconvenience of the grind required to become what the team needs to succeed. When this happens, our minds create all manner of good ideas

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Learn on the Run

Learning can and should be done on the run when possible. School is not necessarily about learning facts but rather learning research methods, respect for authority, collaboration, and how to deliver the expected result of another. Stopping to “go to more school” is often an excuse to sit out the most exciting battles or competitions. Learning on

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Great Teammates: Love to Learn

Great teammates are voraciously curious. They are not satisfied with the tried and true ways of the past. They are not too proud to wonder how another person might accomplish the same thing they are working on. They are not too proud to ask for help when they hit a brick wall and are out of ideas.

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Great Teammates: Hold the line.

The measure of the quality of teammate I am can be found in my ability to stand firm on values, convictions, and direction even in the midst of pressure or harm to my personal reputation. Ordinary teammates will budge or flinch the second someone complains or speaks against them with a moral judgement based upon disagreement. If

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Great Teammates: Both can be true.

Skill and talent can never hold a candle to reliable loyalty, humble curiosity, solid work ethic, and an others-centered mindset. A person doesn’t have to be a diva to be bad teammate. A person doesn’t have to work against you to be unhelpful. Great teammates are not neutral towards you but they are overtly for you. There

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Identifying a Great Teammate

Being on a team is supposed to be a different experience than working alone. If you are on a team where you feel like you have to compete for resources and support, you don’t really have great teammates. Great teammates are not defined by their competence and skill. Too often skilled teammates are mistakenly valued over the

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Weak vs Strong

Everyone of us has the ability to be weak-minded or strong-minded. I have noticed that I am weak-minded when I am compromised by hunger, sleep deprivation, or emotional distress. My mind has no ability to see past the surface of things or beyond what it wants to see. My opponents can use this against me at the

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Integrity

Trust is something that every team must cultivate. If teammates do not trust each other, the team will struggle to function as a unit. Trust is best develop over a series of opportunities that demonstrate that a person means what they say and says what they mean. Put another way…what they actually do matches what they said

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