The Addendum Teammate

The Addendum Teammate

I saw a mural painted on the wall of a resort that read “Just let go.” It was a beach resort, so the message seemed appropriate. But the mural made me think about how adding an extra word can significantly alter a message’s meaning. There’s a difference between “Just...

Loyalty Blindness

Loyalty Blindness

Do you like the 10-day “No Explanation Needed” challenges that pop up on Facebook? Surely, you’ve seen them. Respondents are supposed to post a different photo every day without providing any explanation for why they chose that photo. They then nominate someone else...

Dive Donuts

Dive Donuts

Many of my life’s adventures have revolved around my affinity for savory BBQ and delicious donuts. I wrote about a “good teammate” lesson derived from an experience I had at a favorite BBQ spot in a previous blog. Today, it’s the donut’s turn. Donuts are my guilty...

Smiling Eyes

Smiling Eyes

Good teammates listen with their ears and their eyes—meaning they maintain direct eye contact with the speaker while providing emotional feedback through facial contortions in the area around their eyes. I had an experience with a grocery store employee named Chris...

Rocketman Regret

Rocketman Regret

Twenty years ago, I had tickets to see Elton John in concert, but I never made it to the show. I got caught up with work and gave my tickets away—a decision I have long regretted. I always told myself I would catch him the next time. However, the next time came and...

5 Ways to Crack the Stranger Barrier

5 Ways to Crack the Stranger Barrier

Good teammates share, and I feel compelled to share a book recommendation this week: Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. I read this book several months ago, but recent world events have reminded me of its significance and that’s why I’m recommending it today....

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...

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