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Taking Responsibility

The difference between a leader and everyone else is responsibility. The leader is ultimately responsible for everything that he oversees. If something goes wrong, he must not only understand why, he must understand that the wrong is still his responsibility regardless. Leaders that think they can blame others for what goes wrong in their area don’t understand

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Too Cool to Care Too Much

I never understood the whole “I’m too cool to try hard” or ” I’m too cool to show an interest in what other people are interested in” attitude. Great teammates are nerdy about their job and team. They obsess because they care. Caring is often underrated in the “cool” circles. Caring is a sign of appreciation. Appreciation

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Pitch Family

Causes and goals are great, but one of the most attractive aspects of a team is the actual group of people that you choose to join. People are attracted to join teams that seem fun, functional, and edifying. There is something attractive about a family environment that is free from dysfunction. Everyone has a need in their

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Go, Seek, Find

Recruiting requires intentionally seeking the right person. The person that is ready to join the team is out there. Great teams are specific in who they want to recruit or hire. People settle for less than ideal candidates because they don’t believe that someone that fits the job description exists, as if it is too much to

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Mine or Ours?

It’s easy to identify a lack of generosity in others. We see it when people avoid eye contact with pan handlers. We see it when a toddler refuses to share a toy with another kid. We see it when people make giving more complicated that it needs to be. It took a lot of frustration to realize

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Spend and Give

If a person doesn’t have a generous heart, the transition to recruiting a team from lone-wolfing a project will be difficult. That is why I initially struggled with building a team. I didn’t want to give away much. I only wanted people that were already good enough when they joined so that I didn’t have to SPEND

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False Start

I have learned that generosity is often the core problem behind a team’s false start. Teams require people and people come through recruiting. Think about the biggest change an individual has to undergo when starting or joining a team. It is the transition from depending on ourselves to depending on others. That transition requires a lot of

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The Sharing Obstacle

Interfering thoughts limit our trust and complicate the simple act of sharing. Sharing requires us to give something of what we have to another person. I have learned that I am at my best when I am a generous person. Most people think about money when it comes to generosity. I believe that while money is the

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Resisting the Interfering Thought

Every team has to start somewhere. It usually starts with an individual who has an idea so big that they can’t do it alone. Too often our big ideas lead to big tasks that we do not want to share. Maybe I have difficulty asking for help. My pride can lead me to a mindset of self-sufficiency.

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Outlast Them

Fear and anxiety make us impatient. They are the nagging voices in our head that justify throwing the game plan out the window because things are not moving as fast as we would like. Patience allows us to see the big picture and the end game in relation to the immediate moment. When we can take that

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