5 Ways to Show Interest

5 Ways to Show Interest

A guilty pleasure I happen to enjoy to the fullest is people watching. I genuinely like sitting in public places and just observing people interact with one another. For me, it is an opportunity to appreciate that good people come in all shapes and sizes. Ethnicity,...

Darnell the Mover

Darnell the Mover

Every so often, I encounter the most amazing teammates in the most unlikely places. A few years ago, it was a busboy at a pizzeria in Cumberland, MD. Not long before that, it was a window washer in Spartanburg, SC. These individuals are genuine assets to their...

Independence Day for Teammates

Independence Day for Teammates

Today, Americans celebrate the Fourth of July—Independence Day. Since a fair amount of the subscribers to my blog are actually British, I would prefer not to focus this edition of Teammate Tuesday on the reason for the holiday, but instead on the topic of...

Nana’s Band

Nana’s Band

Almost 20 years ago, I was a counselor at a youth camp in Europe when I rounded a corner in the hallway and quite literally bumped into a lady who was trying to register her grandchildren for the camp. That chance encounter was the beginning, as the saying goes, of a...

When Good Teammates Grow Up to Be Good Fathers

When Good Teammates Grow Up to Be Good Fathers

Teammate Tuesdays have become a welcomed time of reflection for me. In many ways, they have evolved into an opportunity to just pause and take a look back at the week that was—to take stock on where I am in life and where I aspire to go. Based on the feedback I get...

The Never-ending Dance of the Good Teammate

The Never-ending Dance of the Good Teammate

Isn’t it funny how sometimes the normal everyday experiences of our life lead to the most insightful realizations? This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending my daughters’ dance recital. I don’t know very much about dance, and I certainly don’t have the skills...

When Teachers are Teammates

When Teachers are Teammates

As another school year comes to an end, I want to take a moment to recognize the many great teachers who are selflessly serving the educational needs of our youth. My wife and I have been genuinely blessed the past few years in terms of the quality of teachers our...

Remembering the Sacrifices of Good Teammates

Remembering the Sacrifices of Good Teammates

America celebrated Memorial Day this past weekend, where we paid tribute to all who served and died in battle. While Memorial Day has come to symbolize the unofficial start of summer, it’s true meaning amazingly never really seems to get lost. The holiday, originally...

The Duck Poster: Lead. Follow. Or Get Out of the Way

The Duck Poster: Lead. Follow. Or Get Out of the Way

One of my wife’s favorite childhood memories is of the day she accompanied her father to a meeting in the state capital. Her father was the supervisor of a state park and was occasionally required to travel to the Capitol for official business. As he paraded his...

Defining Loyalty and Mama’s Bowling Night

Defining Loyalty and Mama’s Bowling Night

In many ways, an individual’s capacity to be a good teammate is directly proportional to his or her ability to define loyalty. I used to think loyalty was about being a good follower. I thought it was about finding someone or something you believed in and then...

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