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Big Frank’s Morning Beverage

Big Frank’s Morning Beverage

I was waiting in line the other day at Starbucks when a barista called out the name “Frank.” A large, burly man with a bushy beard approached the counter. With an obvious look of dread on her face, the barista informed Frank that they were out of the drink he had...
The Parachute Packer Standard

The Parachute Packer Standard

When I am working with a team, I will sometimes ask the members, “Is so-and-so (an individual on that team) a good teammate?” The response is usually a resounding “yes!” I then ask a follow-up question that can reveal a lot about their teams’ cultures: “If you...
Putting Who First

Putting Who First

Several noteworthy events occurred on this date in history: Richard “The Lionheart” was crowned King of England (1186) as was Richard III (1483), the notorious pirate Captain William Kidd was finally captured (1699), Babe Ruth hit the first-ever homerun in the...
Depleted, Not Defeated

Depleted, Not Defeated

This year, Father’s Day fell on my wife’s birthday. We wanted to celebrate the occasions jointly by doing something out of the ordinary, like witnessing a “majestic” sight. We couldn’t decide which would be more majestic: watching a beach sunrise or a beach sunset. So...
8 Off-Season Habits of Good Teammates

8 Off-Season Habits of Good Teammates

Anyone who is part of a team experiences an “off-season”—a lull in activity, a break from the monotony, a calm before the next storm. For sports teams, the off-season occurs between the end of one season and the start of the next. For teachers and educational teams,...

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