Managing Inconvenience

Managing Inconvenience

The past few months have proven to be a bit of a tough stretch for my family. I lost my sister to cancer in July and my father passed away last week. At my father’s funeral, someone remarked that “tough times create tough people.” That may be true, but what I’ve found...

When Prudence Drives

When Prudence Drives

I have heard it said that humility is the basis for all other virtues because humility is how we see ourselves. Good teammates practice humility. They see themselves as subordinate to their team. Good teammates commit to being governed by the premise that they will...

Fiberglass Teammates

Fiberglass Teammates

If you Google the word clique, you’ll find the top search result to be the Oxford Dictionary definition: a small group of people, with shared interests or other features in common, who spend time together and do not readily allow others to join them. That definition...

5 Ways Good Teammates Unintentionally Fail

5 Ways Good Teammates Unintentionally Fail

Being a good teammate isn’t always easy. You try your best to put the needs of the team before your own, but sometimes your efforts to do that end up causing more harm than good. Here are five ways you can unintentionally fail in your attempt to be a good teammate: 1....

Nonessential Teammates

Nonessential Teammates

Last week, I wrote about my gallbladder surgery. I am delighted to report that the operation was a success and that I am steadily headed down the road to recovery. The amount of well-wishes I received was humbling, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank...

The Gallbladder Lesson

The Gallbladder Lesson

I put the finishing touches on this week’s edition of Teammate Tuesday from the confines of my hospital bed while I waited to be wheeled away for gallbladder surgery. A few months ago, I experienced the first of what my doctors later determined to be gallbladder...

Using Shame to Motivate

Using Shame to Motivate

If you use social media with any sort of regularity, you’ve surely come across an I’ll bet I won’t even get one like post. The post is accompanied by an image intended to tug at your heart strings and compel you to click the “like” button. They usually feature a photo...

Because We’ve Seen a Thing or Two

Because We’ve Seen a Thing or Two

I find the Farmers Insurance “Hall of Claims” commercials to be especially well done. They’re clever and humorous. If you’re unfamiliar with the commercials, they show actor J.K. Simmons walking prospective clients through the fictitious Farmers Insurance Hall of...

What’s Best for My Team?

What’s Best for My Team?

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has been in the headlines lately over a dispute about his helmet. The helmet Brown has worn for the duration of his career is no longer approved for use in the National Football League, and the all-pro player is resisting...

Unconquerable Gladness

Unconquerable Gladness

Franklin D. Roosevelt had a sign on his desk that read: “Let unconquerable gladness dwell.” The sign was a source of encouragement for America’s thirty-second president. I’ve been thinking a lot about that sign’s meaning. The more I ponder the words, the more I...

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