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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...

Connecting Misfitted Teammates

Connecting Misfitted Teammates

Of all the unexpectedness that surfaced during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shortage of jigsaw puzzles was among the most surprising. Shortages of toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer were arguably understandable. But...

The Addendum Teammate

The Addendum Teammate

I saw a mural painted on the wall of a resort that read “Just let go.” It was a beach resort, so the message seemed appropriate. But the mural made me think about how adding an extra word can significantly alter a message’s meaning. There’s a...

Loyalty Blindness

Loyalty Blindness

Do you like the 10-day “No Explanation Needed” challenges that pop up on Facebook? Surely, you’ve seen them. Respondents are supposed to post a different photo every day without providing any explanation for why they chose that photo. They then...

Dive Donuts

Dive Donuts

Many of my life’s adventures have revolved around my affinity for savory BBQ and delicious donuts. I wrote about a “good teammate” lesson derived from an experience I had at a favorite BBQ spot in a previous blog. Today, it’s the donut’s turn....

Smiling Eyes

Smiling Eyes

Good teammates listen with their ears and their eyes—meaning they maintain direct eye contact with the speaker while providing emotional feedback through facial contortions in the area around their eyes. I had an experience with a grocery store...

Rocketman Regret

Rocketman Regret

Twenty years ago, I had tickets to see Elton John in concert, but I never made it to the show. I got caught up with work and gave my tickets away—a decision I have long regretted. I always told myself I would catch him the next time. However, the...

5 Ways to Crack the Stranger Barrier

5 Ways to Crack the Stranger Barrier

Good teammates share, and I feel compelled to share a book recommendation this week: Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. I read this book several months ago, but recent world events have reminded me of its significance and that’s why I’m...

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