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When Thanks Isn’t Enough

When Thanks Isn’t Enough

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, bar none. Some of my fondest memories come from celebrating Thanksgiving at my grandmother’s house. The holiday includes all my favorites—food, family, fun, and football. For me, it doesn’t get much better than...

Assessing Through Confident Humility

Assessing Through Confident Humility

In September, we launched a new Good Teammate Assessment Quiz on our website. Over the last two and half months, tens of thousands of people from 50 states and 31 countries have taken the quiz. The response has been unbelievable! One comment that...

Preventing Teammates from Bad Juju

Preventing Teammates from Bad Juju

Even though my blog is about teammates and teamwork, I don’t usually include content about specific sports teams or current sporting events. I try to steer clear of that type of content because I don’t want the value of Teammate Tuesdays...

The Beauty of Seasoned Teammates

The Beauty of Seasoned Teammates

I love the beauty of fall foliage. Mother Nature always seems to pick the perfect combination of colors. She chooses just the right amount of reds, yellows, and oranges to paint a foliage masterpiece. Unfortunately, I don’t get to experience the...

How to Handle Ghost Teammates

How to Handle Ghost Teammates

Is your team haunted by ghost teammates? Halloween is the perfect occasion to discuss the menacing nature of ghost teammates—team members who disappear when they are needed the most. Ghost teammates are not dependable. They have an aversion to...

Grouchy Teammates

Grouchy Teammates

Fifty-one years ago last week, Oscar the Grouch made his debut on Sesame Street. To commemorate the event, October 15 is now recognized as National Grouch Day—a date for all grouches to celebrate their way of life. According to the holiday’s...

10 Habits of Good Teammates

10 Habits of Good Teammates

For better or worse, we are defined by our habits. What we consistently do sets the boundaries of our comfort zone. Since we tend to function at the mean of our comfort zone, our habits play a crucial part in determining the extent of our success....

When Teammates Are Smart

When Teammates Are Smart

Every morning before begrudgingly heading off to work in the sweltering open hearths of Bethlehem Steel, Pete Carril’s father offered his son the same advice: The strong always take from the weak, but the smart take from the strong. Choose to be...

Follow Roles

Follow Roles

When I was in second grade, we did a fun assignment in Mrs. Duppstadt’s class that required us to design our own restaurant. We had to come up with everything from what the restaurant would be called to what food would be served to how our...

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...

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