Dropping the Anchor

What happens when things seem to be changing all around me? What happens when I don’t like the changes? Do I see the merits of the change or do immediately see the threat to the comfort found in my easily anticipated routine? How I answer that question may determine my future with the team. My fit on

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The Faithful

The Faithful are similar to the Quitter or the Impatient in that they find exactly what they are looking for. They may even be looking at the same object but see something completely different. They never find a reason to quit because they look for reasons to hold on. There seems to be endless opportunities for both

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Abandoning the Recipe

When a chef cooks something amazing, that dish isn’t amazing halfway through the recipe. Great cooking requires patience and discipline. The difference between good and great can be found in precise measurement and a strict adherence to the directions. Teams can learn from this. When they judge a project as “bad” because it’s not delivering the expected

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The Quitter

Quitters never win. This is why a quitter’s attitude always holds a team back. Most people think quitters only quit when things get difficult. I think that quitters quit at all times. This is because a quitter is always looking for a reason to stop. When things go wrong, they retreat. When things get difficult, they decide

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The Pleaser

People are generally nice because they want to be liked by the most amount of people. This is completely normal but in a team dynamic, it can mean that decisions are made to try to please everyone. This is easy on a team that lacks diversity. This is nearly impossible to do on a large and diverse

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The DSQ

Defenders of the status quo never quite have the same goals in mind as the leader who wants to improve. Improvement and progress are not the “win” of the DSQ. They aim only for business as usual. Anything that changes that becomes a threat to both their comfort and probably their power and influence. The DSQ can

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The Doubter

People have all kinds of attitudes for all kinds of reasons. Those who doubt the ideas of others may struggle with a pride that doesn’t allow them to endorse any idea that didn’t originate from them. Pride is a tough attribute to overcome and it takes a bold leader to address it on a team. Fear may

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Unhelpful Attitudes

When teams lose confidence in the midst of adversity they are demonstrating a few possible attitudes that will limit the team’s progress. These include: The Doubter The Defender of the Status Quo (DSQ) The Pleaser The Quitter These people all mean well but if they win the day, the team will take steps backward in their attempt

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Act like you’ve been there before.

Perspective matters and leaders must maintain the proper perspective. Experience can help a leader know that what their team is attempting is possible even if no one else thinks so. The leader must see past the current circumstances so that they can push the team through both good times and bad. Someone has to act like they

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Self Expression

Teams need to have an identity but there is a balance between a chosen unity and a forced culture. Very different individuals can choose to belong to the same cause or team while maintaining their personal identity. This is especially important to understand when recruiting people from the current youngest generation. Limiting their self expression could be

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