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The Teammate Tuesday Blog

Welcome to the Teammate Tuesday blog—Lance Loya’s collection of good teammate musings. These short, insightful pieces offer a unique glimpse into the art of being a good teammate. They are sure to improve teamwork and inspire you to become a better version of yourself.

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 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'...

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...

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...

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...

Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

Nature is a marvelous teacher. So many great lessons about teamwork can be learned by observing wildlife interactions. I recently witnessed an encounter between a “team” of purple martins and a much larger predator that demonstrated an important...

Upsy Daisy

Upsy Daisy

According to the registrar of all that is worthy of celebration, The National Day Calendar, tomorrow is officially National Upsy Daisy Day—a day to “get up gloriously, gratefully and gleefully.” Upsy Daisy is such a whimsical expression. It’s both...

Givers, Takers, Shakers, & Bakers

Givers, Takers, Shakers, & Bakers

The best machines are comprised of the best components. The best cars have the best engines, transmissions, headlights, etc. The best computers have the best processors, keyboards, monitors, etc. Teams are a lot like machines in that they too are...

When the Tooth Fairy Fails

When the Tooth Fairy Fails

The tooth fairy failed. Epically. Twice. When I’m not traveling for speaking engagements, I have a morning routine that I try to follow. I wake up, drink a small bottle of water, eat a quick breakfast, brush my teeth, and then head into my home...

Rowing with Concertion and Faith

Rowing with Concertion and Faith

What image comes to mind when you hear the word teamwork? Is it an image of a sports team putting their hands together in a huddle? Is it an image of people pulling on the same rope? Is it an image of interlinking gears? If you search the internet...

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