In the absence of…

Dan Pierce/ April 16, 2018/ Inspiring Your Team/ 0 comments

It takes leadership to inspire people to see past what they are comfortable with. It takes leadership to help people see something they are not looking for so that they can do what they never thought possible. Sometimes it takes the absence of a leader to demonstrate just how necessary they are. When everyone seems to be

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The Greatest Predictor

Dan Pierce/ April 15, 2018/ Inspiring Your Team/ 0 comments

Leadership is the great predictor of success for a team. I have seen the same team with the same players perform in a complete opposite way under two different coaches. Why? It’s simple. Some people lead well, and some do not. People notice a great leader the second they enter a room. Though they may seem intimidating

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The Learner’s Opportunity

Dan Pierce/ April 14, 2018/ Winning/ 0 comments

The valuable insight we find in rethinking what we once thought grants us wisdom that helps us to make real time adjustments. Those adjustments allow us to not only be reactive to things we didn’t anticipate in our original plan or method, but to also learn. The wisdom gained from the humble attitude of a learner usually

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I already know…

Dan Pierce/ April 13, 2018/ Feedback/ 0 comments

Everyone gets frustrated with people who never seem to learn. When I think I know better, I have little incentive to become a learner. Success in the past does not always generalize to success today. It takes humility to believe that the methods that got me my past success will not ensure future success. There is always

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The Anathema

Dan Pierce/ April 12, 2018/ Discipline/ 0 comments

Eventually, lack of effort will ruin the reputation of those that fail to gain wisdom from rethinking. Other teammates notice when our wisdom is spent on the conservation of energy and not in incremental improvement. Intentional rethinking makes little sense to those that do everything they can to cut a corner. It seems like extra effort and

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Hiding Behind the Need for Freedom

Dan Pierce/ April 11, 2018/ Accoutability and Feedback/ 0 comments

People say they crave clear direction but when the rubber meets the road, I find that many people resent solid definitions and decision making. This is because they can create clear pass or fail stakes that make some people uncomfortable. The cry for freedom can be a cover for the cry for anonymous mediocrity that avoids any

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The Struggle

Dan Pierce/ April 10, 2018/ Accoutability and Feedback, Discipline/ 0 comments

Those in need of the most creative control struggle with vision. They don’t want to commit to a way forward, especially if the way forward isn’t what they are familiar with. They struggle with a vision because it requires a commitment and demands accountability. This can be scary for those that have never been held to a

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Vision limits freedom…

Dan Pierce/ April 9, 2018/ Inspiring Your Team/ 0 comments

…but in a good way. When a leader looks ahead with a vision, they see past all of the possibilities, noise, and distraction that isn’t the way forward. The leader is not free to try everything. The leader’s job is to inspire the team to see past all that isn’t the way forward.

Vision versus Freedom

Dan Pierce/ April 8, 2018/ Being a Great Teammate/ 0 comments

When a person feels as if they do not have enough creative freedom, they are likely really stating that they want room to depart from the vision of the team to implement their own vision. Creative freedom should never mean total control and authority. That expectation only comes from someone who has an issue with authority when

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Lazy & Cowardly

Dan Pierce/ April 7, 2018/ Discipline/ 0 comments

Waiting until the last minute to put thought towards something is either cowardly or lazy. It’s lazy because it lacks the intentional thought processes that are required to make true leadership decisions. Laziness has a way of making everything seem urgent. Last minute thinking is cowardly because when it is practiced often enough, we can claim we

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