You Gotta Read “The Book”

You Gotta Read “The Book”

I have heard a number of interesting stories about ways people have used Be a Good Teammate beyond the traditional confines of a children’s book. I have had parents use it in lieu of graduation cards. I have had booster clubs give it to players as senior night gifts....

Giving Leads to Inspiration

Giving Leads to Inspiration

Today is #GivingTuesday. If you have spent any time on social media in the last 24 hours, you have most certainly encountered this hashtag. The designation has quickly risen to join the likes of other post-Thanksgiving celebrations like Black Friday and Cyber Monday....

Words Make the Best Rewards

Words Make the Best Rewards

It is Thanksgiving week in America—an occasion to reflect on our blessings and express our gratitude to those to whom we are thankful. From a “good teammate” perspective, it’s an opportunity to remind ourselves of one of the main tenets to improving teamwork: What is...

Don’t Just Be Yourself

Don’t Just Be Yourself

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received? For me, it’s “Just be yourself.” If you read on and give it a little thought, I suspect you’ll come to agree this is probably true for you too. On the surface, “Just be yourself” seems like sound advice. And, in the right...

The Genius Project

The Genius Project

Each month, my daughter’s teacher assigns her class "The Genius Project,” where the students are tasked with doing a report on an individual who used his or her intellectual gifts to contribute to society. Her teacher does a good job of combing through history and...

My Brother’s Brother

My Brother’s Brother

My grandmother used to have a picture hanging in the hallway of her home of a boy struggling to carry a younger boy on his back, who was almost as big him. The caption for the picture was, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.” I was always drawn to that picture. Every...

Valuing the Journey

Valuing the Journey

Last week I posted something on Twitter that sparked an interesting conversation. (*I posted it on Facebook too.) The post was a photo accompanied by the quote that read: “Good teammates value the journey and not just the destination.” The longer you live, the more...

Keep Your Ears Up

Keep Your Ears Up

I have written in previous blogs about how close I live to Walt Disney World in Florida. (If you’re new to Teammate Tuesdays, we live close enough that my daughters can watch the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks from their bedroom window.) Because of my proximity to...

Superhero Powers

Superhero Powers

I heard a discussion on the radio recently about a study that asked kids to pick the superhero power they would most like to have. The study had compiled a list ranking the twenty-five most common answers, and the disc jockeys were discussing the top five responses....

The True Team Player

The True Team Player

Sometimes a situation will develop on a sports team where the production level of its star player is called into question. Despite having a steady streak of accruing dominant statistics, the star player’s numbers are unexpectedly way down, while the statistics of a...

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