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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.

The Curious Case of Good Teammates

The Curious Case of Good Teammates

Curiosity is an important component of being a good teammate. People are quick to associate compliance and conformity with good teammates. But in my experience, curiosity has a greater influence on team success than either of those entities....

Lyrical Lessons

Lyrical Lessons

Last week, Sir Paul McCartney celebrated his 80th birthday. You don't have to be a diehard McCartney fan to appreciate his music or have a deep-level of respect for all he has accomplished. In honor of the Beatles bassist’s birthday, here are eight...

A 1% Teammate

A 1% Teammate

Several decades ago, I attended a coaching clinic in Nashville, Tennessee hosted by legendary coach Don Meyer at what was then David Libscomb University. I was still a college student-athlete at the time but went to the clinic in anticipation of...

The Power of Virality

The Power of Virality

In my book The WE Gear, I describe the five key behaviors of good teammates—Active, Loyal, Invested, Viral, and Empathetic. Those behaviors are crucial to maximizing teamwork, especially the fourth. I had an interesting opportunity last week to...

Ollie’s Five/Five Rules

Ollie’s Five/Five Rules

Holiday gatherings are great for meeting interesting people. I had the pleasure of meeting a fascinating octogenarian named Ollie over the Memorial Day weekend. And I am glad I did. Ollie was full of vigor and possessed a zeal for life like few...

Commencing with Purpose

Commencing with Purpose

Commencement season is upon us. It’s time to don caps and gowns, cue “Pomp and Circumstance,” and dispense wisdom through the time-honored tradition of commencement addresses. New York Times best-selling author Bruce Feiler analyzed one hundred...

The Pina Colada Problem

The Pina Colada Problem

While speaking to a group of human resource professionals, someone in the audience asked me if I had a recommendation for handling a problem that she was having with two of her team members. She explained that she had two managers on her team who...

The Crumpled Aspect

The Crumpled Aspect

Several years ago, a story circulated on the internet about a teacher and a clever bullying exercise involving a crumpled piece of paper. Although the story’s exact origins were somewhat of a mystery, its lesson resonated with readers. The crumpled...

Candy’s Crusade

Candy’s Crusade

On May 3, 1980, a thirteen-year-old youth softball player named Cari Lightner was killed by a drunk driver in Fair Oaks, California. Cari and a friend were walking to a church carnival when Clarence Bush's car swerved out of control and struck the...

Wabi-Sabi Enlightenment

Wabi-Sabi Enlightenment

I concede that I may be a little biased, but I think my dining room table is among the most beautiful pieces of furniture I have ever seen. I love its rich colors, varying textures, and—most of all—its unique backstory. While you may be able to...

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