Teamwork

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When you put a fence around people, you get sheeple

After moving from California to New Zealand at age 10, adapting to the culture and especially the education system was a tough process for me. I also had some teachers who cared little to help me with this process and instead opted to make an example of me in front of my new peers on the first day of school.

Not surprisingly, my initial rough start lead to poor grades. Instead of being encouraged to try harder I was labeled as a below average student. At age 10 and 11 the concept of fueling my own personal ambition was simply not in the cards. Within only the first few weeks of class at my new school my teachers expected me to flounder. Sure enough, that’s what I did — and worse, I thought nothing of it…

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The best answer may require…

How much time have you spent fixated on certain problems in life? If you’re human like me, it’s more than you’d care to admit. But I’ve noticed that when I get “hung up” or “stuck” on something it rarely has anything to do with “facts” or circumstances. Instead, it has everything to do with how I approach the problem.

The answer we need to hear (not always necessarily the one we’re seeking) is often very close — it merely responds to a different cue. That cue, is a different question…

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Slaying Dragons. Be right back.

Life is full of challenges. If you have big dreams, they will never cease. This is why we must be:

Willing to confront them and act quickly because life’s monsters always become bigger when you try to avoid them. Slay the monsters when they’re small.
Willing to get down to business and let people know you’ll be busy for a little while.
Careful not to take them all too seriously.

Nothing groundbreaking here, I know, just important to remember.

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Leadership means moving people in the same direction

Whatever the team, each member has his or her own challenges to navigate. Rarely, if ever, do all team members begin in the same place with the same circumstances, same experiences, and same skill sets. This means the path to the end result will vary for most people — even though they share the same goal.

This seems obvious… until you take a closer look at how most teams, managers, and leaders work with their head down.

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The real weapon that wins wars…

There have been countless circumstances through history that have proven newer and better tools do not guarantee success. Although important, tools, technology, connections, money, and even experience are often defeated in the face of directed passion…

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When mediocrity is intolerable, success is…

Some people tell me they doubt that they have the drive to work towards extraordinary results. I think this can be addressed by re-framing the issue.

Instead of getting hung up on being ‘successful’ (which often involves a new self-concept that intimates many), we can also develop an intolerance for a half effort, for cutting corners, and for average results.

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People aren’t scalable. But ideas are.

It’s a natural goal to want to maximize resources. But sometimes pursuing “more” causes businesses and leaders to push ahead in the wrong places in the wrong ways. As much as we’d like to think people can continue to increase hours and maintain quality of output, it simply doesn’t work. As long as humans remain human there will be a point of diminishing returns.

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There is stability in a controlled spin

We all know that change is constant. It can feel like an an ongoing spin where we’re fighting a centrifugal force that want’s to catapult us outward to an unknown destination.

But even amid an environment of constant change, some people thrive — and they do it with style. Instead of fighting the change, they embrace it. They acknowledge the gyration, and seek the center point with the understanding that motion increases balance.

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A committed collective moves mountains

It’s one thing to be an independently minded Maverick shattering the status quo and moving your own mountains, but it’s another thing to inspire those around you to do the same.

This is the Maverick leader’s dilemma.

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Leaders are idea seeders

Like a farmer plants seeds in soil, a leader plants ideas in other people. These ideas grow self-esteem, expand perspectives, and inspire people share their own ideas with the world.

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Dear doubt: I quit!

Doubt is a very human emotion and can, at times, serve a valuable purpose, but sometimes it merely holds us back from living the life we really want. In these cases, it’s completely okay to submit your letter of resignation.

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