Tag Archives: leadership

Bare Minimum

What is the standard? Ordinary teams see the standard as the bare minimum that must be achieved to justify a stop in effort. This perspective sees a goal as a wall to touch and not climb over. This mindset is constantly on the lookout for the largest reward for the least amount of effort. How lazy can

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Personality versus Standards

We all have personality traits that are a result of our inherent biological nature, cultural influence, and upbringing. Personality tests are a tool many use to better understand their personalities, strengths, and liabilities. This can be important information to help the team understand why each individual thinks the way that they do. Too often, the personality information

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The Flip

Chances are that if I have declared something as unfair, I have already deemed the situation as unjust. I must step back and take a look at my initial disappointment that was the result of a failed expectation. Was the expectation fair? Ugh. Did I just flip it on myself? Yes. It’s hypocritical to judge something as

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The question of fairness is a tough place for a team member to be in. When people get frustrated, they have to find a reason for their struggle. Fair is different from just. Fairness is based mostly on the expectations of individuals. Justice is true despite expectations. Just has to do with a defined right and wrong.

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My Capacity

When I measure fairness, I must understand my current capacity and limits. Am I being asked to stretch and grow or am I being asked to do something I am incapable of succeeding at? This is actually very difficult to discern when entering into a novel situation. When we begin to question the fairness of situation, we

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Is it fair?

Different people are often in different places. Fair is a matter of perspective. Unless the question is pervasive throughout the team, then it’s likely the question isn’t so much an inquiry of reality but rather a statement of the current story people are choosing to tell themselves.    

Emotionally Inefficient

Always falling behind can be exciting but it is emotionally inefficient. The amount of effort it takes to come from behind is hard to conjure multiple times. Settling for a slow start and a good finish may be exciting, but it is also taxing. That lifestyle will eventually catch up with the individual or team and the

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Conditioned for a Comeback

Have you ever pulled for a team that always finds themselves in the position of needing to make a comeback? It’s almost as if they are more comfortable when the odds are stacked against them. This may be true if belief in a comeback is based on multiple instances when it worked out in favor of a

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Hesitation Risks Injury

Confidence keeps you healthy because it keeps you moving. Anytime we hesitate, we likely miss an opportunity. When we miss an opportunity, we miss an experience that could have matured us or changed us in some way. Insecurity makes hesitation the default and therefore poisons our development.

Art AND Science

Leadership isn’t as simple as some would like to make it. It’s almost as if there is an art AND a science to it. There are facts that are true about leadership. Anyone can learn those facts from reading any one of the thousands of books written on the subject. That’s the science of it. However, it

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