Relentless

Relentless

During the Q&A portion of a recent webinar I conducted, a participant asked me what one word I felt best describes good teammates. The question proved surprisingly difficult for me to answer. Good teammates possess so many positive attributes that it’s hard to...

Canned Laughter

Canned Laughter

If you are anything like me, you’ve found yourself laughing less than usual at the jokes on late-night talk shows. Yes, the quarantine is forcing the shows to be filmed from the confines of the hosts’ homes. And yes, the altered format can be a little unsettling. But...

Silhouette Teammates

Silhouette Teammates

With the growing number of team meetings conducted through video conferences, a new brand of undesired teammates has emerged—silhouette teammates. Silhouette teammates are individuals who have sunlit windows or other sources of bright light behind them that cause...

The Greatest Teacher, Failure Is

The Greatest Teacher, Failure Is

Yesterday was "Star Wars Day." The hashtag #MayTheFourthBeWithYou trended on social media with the speed of the Millennium Falcon zooming through hyperspace. I posted a photo on my social media pages of my daughters and I wishing everyone a happy Star Wars Day. In the...

10 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Teammates

10 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Teammates

When you enjoy your teammates’ company, being away from them can be hard to handle. If not effectively managed, an extended hiatus will weaken the connection between teammates and hinder the team’s chances for future success. The longer the hiatus, the higher the...

Miss Cici, “The Bookend Teammate”

Miss Cici, “The Bookend Teammate”

The expression absence makes the heart grow fonder holds enormous truth—the longer we are away, the more we yearn. Absence makes the heart grow fonder is the yin to familiarity breeds contempt’s yang. While being confined in the same place with the same people during...

Worth the Grief

Worth the Grief

I recently shared a quote about grief on my social media pages. The quote is credited to Sophocles, the Greek playwright who wrote Oedipius Rex and Antigone. “The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.” Sophocles is believed to have written over 120 plays, but...

Crisis Mode Teammates

Crisis Mode Teammates

Isn’t it amazing how tragedy can bring out the best in people? I think it’s one of life’s greatest ironies. Life’s worst elicits humanity’s best. People kick into “crisis mode” and exhibit extraordinary levels of kindness and generosity. We’ve seen plenty of examples...

Get Rid of It

Get Rid of It

On more than a few occasions lately, I’ve caught myself standing in the middle of our kitchen, pondering the totality of the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty of how much longer it will be until our lives return to normal is hard to digest. As I lapsed into my...

Overcoming Cabin Fever

Overcoming Cabin Fever

The COVID-19 situation sure has thrust the world into uncharted territory. Every time I think the situation can’t get anymore surreal, it somehow does. Like many of you, my family is doing our best to navigate the challenges of social distancing and home quarantine. I...

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