Respecting the Boundary

Great teams understand the need for rest and therefore respect the time their teammates take off. This means they plan to not communicate with them until they return to work. A quick question on a day off robs a person of the time their mind needs to disconnect. Resting one day to work hard on the other

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Before the Wheels Fall Off

Great teams build specific times of rest into their plans. Days off can have a bad connotation for some who take pride in not needing to take a break. The truth is that we will take a break whether we plan for it or not so it’s better to plan for a day off so that the

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Ending Meetings On Time

The number one way leaders waste their teammate’s time is by allowing a meeting to go longer than planned. If we expect people to manage their time well, we cannot expect them to plan around our own lack of planning. Most meetings run over because of small choices to dwell too long on a topic or stray

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Show up on time.

Causing people to wait is the same as reaching into their wallet and “borrowing” a few bucks because you didn’t plan well. Everyone is late once in a while because all of us get caught off guard at the amount of time it takes to complete something or travel somewhere. That one off type of tardiness can

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Meeting Deadlines

When we choose to miss a deadline, we are not being considerate of our teammate’s time. Teams often have tasks that require different steps and action to be taken by different teammates. When those steps require a certain sequence, deadlines become that much more important. When I miss a deadline, I rob my teammate of the amount

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Time and Money

Great teammates understand that their actions and choices communicate more respect than their words and intentions. Time is a limited resource and everyone has the same amount. Time is different than money because it is much easier to rob someone of their time than it is their money. You don’t need a gun or cat burglary skills

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Bearded Introvert: formerly known as hermits

It isn’t good to be alone. I know you know that, but it seems like it is becoming more socially acceptable to say things like, “I hate people!” People are annoying at times and, if we are honest, each of us belong to that subset of the universe. There really isn’t enough room for all of us

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Thinking Ahead

There is nothing better than a plan that comes together. Teammates improve their dependability when they prepare for the future. This puts their team in the best position to succeed when no one really expects it. This could be done with mindful budgeting. This can also be done with training that happens before it is critically necessary.

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Don’t Talk

Dependable communication also knows when to be quiet. Not everything needs to be communicated. Chatter on a radio can be annoying and make the team less dependable because not everyone can communicate at the same time. Dependable communication is dependable because it only happens when it should. The boy who cried wolf is a story about dependable

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Talk

Dependable teammates know when they should communicate. They speak up when something is wrong. They warn teammates of potential challenges they experience. When they are sick or not able to come in, they never miss without giving notice to those who they know are depending on them. Communication is the key to linking the work between two

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