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Voluntold Teammates

Voluntold Teammates

I overheard a conversation the other day that made me think about an issue that plagues underperforming teams yet is irrelevant to teams with of good teammates. The man standing next to me was telling his friend how he had spent the entire day...

Reality Is Everything

Reality Is Everything

Perception is everything. Or is it? You can dress in nice clothes, style your hair, wear fancy jewelry, or drive a sports car. But if your bank account reads zeros, the reality is you’re broke. The same reality applies to being a good teammate. You...

Both Hands In

Both Hands In

Yogi Berra was one of baseball’s most memorable characters. The Hall of Fame catcher was a three-time MVP, won ten World Series rings as a player, and another three as a manager. His baseball accomplishments were framed by his folksy personality...

At Least Your Mom Still Loves You

At Least Your Mom Still Loves You

A video periodically surfaces on social media of a little league baseball coach heading to the pitching mound to talk to his player, who has presumably not been pitching well. Viewers can’t hear the actual audio of the coach, but a voiceover has...

Lessons from a Crane

Lessons from a Crane

Florida is blessed with lots of interesting birds, many of which I had never encountered before I moved to the Sunshine state. The Sandhill Crane falls into this category. I am not much of a birdwatcher. I tend to view birds the way Orson Welles...

6 Ways to Be a Good Virtual Teammate

6 Ways to Be a Good Virtual Teammate

A few months after Be a Good Teammate was published, I found myself standing at the end of my driveway waiting on the school bus to pick my daughters up for their first day of school. My daughters were insistent that I use my phone that morning to...

Ben Franklin’s Filter

Ben Franklin’s Filter

Conversing with people who have no filter can be brutal. They speak without tact, subtlety, or consideration. They seem to vocalize whatever thoughts pop into their heads, leaving us to wonder: Do they ever think about what they say before they say...

Choosing the Hard Right

Choosing the Hard Right

I have been binge watching the legal drama How to Get Away with Murder on Netflix. In full disclosure (*pun intended), it is not the type of television show that normally appeals to me. I just sort of stumbled upon it and fell down the...

The Two-Way Mirror

The Two-Way Mirror

A veteran gymnastics coach was eating dinner with his wife when he began to complain about his day. The coach loved what he did for a living and he loved his athletes. But he had grown increasingly frustrated by the way their parents were...

7 Ways to Open Your New Team to Change

7 Ways to Open Your New Team to Change

When someone joins an underperforming team, convincing the team’s current members of the necessity for change can be a daunting task. Failing cultures are usually not, ironically, receptive to change. Their team members have grown accustomed to...

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