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The Reason for Ridiculous Rules

Dan Pierce/ October 23, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

I once saw a “No Diving” sign on top of a cruise ship. I thought that the rule on the sign seemed ridiculous because most people would not attempt a dive at such a dangerous height. Then I realized that most people doesn’t include ALL people and someone likely severely injured themselves by diving from that very

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Dan Pierce/ October 22, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Rules are important but our perspective on rules is even more important. If I see a rule as an obstacle, I am more likely to feel inconvenienced by it. I may be more apt to complain about and eventually break the inconvenient rule. However, if I see a rule as a boundary instead of an obstacle, I

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No Right to Complain

Dan Pierce/ October 21, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Complaining about circumstances has little value in reality. It can make us feel better, but it doesn’t move the needle on the type of improved life we are looking for. If I don’t put in the work required for success, then I can’t legitimately complain about my own lack of success. A case could be made that

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Grown-Up Discipline

Dan Pierce/ October 20, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Discipline is an odd word. It can have a negative connotation in that it can mean punishment. We discipline our children when they misbehave. What we mean is that we reinforce the rule that was broken. This teaches the consequence of behaving in an undisciplined way. The hope, I imagine, would be that the consequence would be

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Focus on what is allowed.

Dan Pierce/ October 18, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Rules exist for very good reasons. Many rules exist to keep everyone safe and conditions fair. Rules get added when either safety or fair play are compromised. Rules can have a negative connotation but they teach us our limits. Too often people like to break rules because they don’t like being told no. Why not focus on

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Low-Challenge Loop Effect

Dan Pierce/ October 14, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

I have noticed some common traits in low-challenge leaders. These leaders almost always feel over-challenged themselves. They are likely overworked and understaffed. That is the paradox they create for themselves. When they resent their own state of high challenge, they don’t want to be like the leader that placed them there. So they care for their team

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Ignorance that leads to tragedy…

Dan Pierce/ October 13, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

It should be no surprise that teams led by low-challenge leaders never reach their potential. Everyone seems comfortable while everyone is blissfully unaware of what they are capable of. These low challenge leaders are often worried about asking too much because of the potential for burnout. They seem to think that a low-challenge environment, where no one

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Arrogance that Limits

Dan Pierce/ October 12, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Some leaders are uncomfortable about asking for large efforts or high-challenge. This reveals that the leader doesn’t think much about the capacity of those they lead. There is an arrogance in this type of leadership that limits the entire team. The leader is arrogant enough to think that they can know how far each person is willing

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What Not Asking for Help Reveals

Dan Pierce/ October 11, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Whether or not I ask for a teammate’s help reveals a lot about how I feel about myself and my team. If I feel like I shouldn’t ask for help, I believe that I am capable of making a better decision on my own. This reveals that I think much more of myself than I do of

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The Early Challenge

Dan Pierce/ October 10, 2017/ Teambuilding/ 0 comments

Don’t feel judged by this challenge. I believe there are things worth losing sleep over. I am willing to bet that there is a project, idea, or task that we have all been putting off because there is just not enough time in the day. I challenge you to wake up one hour early to accomplish something

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