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To Improve Your Team, Develop the HERO Inside You!


Before you can lead others, you must first learn to lead yourself…

That’s how you develop into a HERO.

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Three Secrets to Help Your Team Finish Strong

BASKETBALL_AND_PAD_ON_COURTWhen I was coaching basketball, one of the key requirements to the team’s success was the ability of our athletes to finish strong and make layups around the rim. 

As a team, success ultimately came down to our players finishing strong.

Over the years, it became clear that there were three main reasons that players finished weakly around the rim and were unable to score.

Find those 3 secrets, and the rest of this article to help your team finish strong, published as a guest post on the #leadwithgiants website.

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Team Building Podcast With Smarter Team Training

stt_logoI am both honored and excited to have been a recent guest contributor to the Smart Team Training Podcast with Coach Robert Taylor.

His Smarter Team Training Website offers information and resources for coaches that focus on athlete and team development, performance, and education.

The podcast episode runs about 30 minutes, and in it you will hear me speak about a number of topics that can help your team - including why you should "CLAP" for mistakes, how to develop toughness, the three things that build team trust, and much more...

I enjoyed the chance to share what I expect will be helpful responses and ideas for you and your team, and encourage you to take the time to download the podcast.

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Life's Most Important Assignment?

most_important_assignment_in_lifeThis is one of my favorite stories.

As a teacher (or in any field) life's most important assignment is not just to follow our rigid job description or to simply check items off of our daily to-do list...

One day a teacher decided to do something different.

She wanted her class to complete an assignment that they would all remember.

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5 Reasons to Subscribe to Sean’s Teambuilding Newsletter

newsletter_signup_picEveryone is part of a team.

Whether you are in a family, attend a church, work in an office environment, are part of a project group, or participate in athletics, you are likely always looking for ideas and tips on how your team can become more productive.

Sean’s Great Results Teambuilding Newsletter is a FREE monthly report delivered straight to your inbox full of fun and useful content. As a leader or as a teammate, you will benefit from the tips and resources that it provides.

But just in case you were curious about why you should sign up and subscribe to receive one more email – here are FIVE reasons that Sean’s Team Building Newsletter will be worthwhile and relevant reading material for you and your organization:

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    Very nicely described why it's important to subscribe Sean's team building!! I'm so eager to make a good and hard working effectiv...

Top 10 Questions to Ask Before You Dismiss a Team Member


The decision to dismiss a team member is never an easy one, and should never be a decision that is made in a tantrum of momentary emotion.

Whether you coach a team of athletes, lead a team of teachers, or manage a team of salesmen or corporate executives, you will at times find yourself having to wrestle with issues of negative or destructive behavior.

Before you dismiss a team member, though, there are 10 questions that I would encourage you to ask yourself. 

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How to Sell a Team Building Event to Your Management

Sell_a_Teambuilding_Event_to_ManagementAre you searching for ideas to help you sell the benefits of a teambuilding event to your management?

If you are in an organization where your management has not prioritized the need to build a cohesive culture, how do you go about convincing him/her or any decision maker of the beneficial impact that a team building event will have on team productivity?

Well, I’m glad you asked…

If you want your management to consent to scheduling a fun and impactful team building event, there is a simple step-by-step plan that you can follow to get the great results you desire.

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Why Positive Conflict is Productive Communication

positive_conflictPositive conflict is often necessary for teams to grow and achieve “high performing” status, and it can be very productive communication.

Sometimes I work with teams that clearly have issues they need to address. There may be one loud “sandpaper person” or a small clique that seems to have earned the frustration of others - but the dysfunction is obvious.

More often, though, I work with groups that seem to get along well, but are only avoiding conflict because they continue to tiptoe around each other.

Your team will almost surely benefit from more positive conflict - it may be uncomfortable, but silence is almost always far more dangerous!

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    Hi, I enjoyed your blog thoroughly and part of Jambar Teambuilding, I understand how positive conflict is effective. May I also kn...

Four Important Toasts to Improve Your Team’s FATE in the New Year


The approach of a new year is a tremendous time for reflection. 

It is a time to remind ourselves of what is important and celebrate our past as we look ahead to future challenges and opportunities.

I am a huge fan of this quote by Benjamin Franklin: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”

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    Thanks for the interesting blog means it will really help in building trust between team members . I really like this post . Keep ...

Use Whiteboard Comments to Improve Team Focus and Feelings

team_whiteboard_commentsDo some of the people on your team need an encouraging word?

Do your people need reminders of their role and why they are valued members of the team?

As a leader, you should always be searching for creative and fun ideas that emphasize two key ingredients to your team success – focus and feelings.

First, help people focus on what they can contribute to help your team accomplish its goal.

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    That is a great idea. It is a group activity that gets everybody fired up, but also the picture can be used for later on if a team...

What Flavor of Tea Does Your Team Need to Drink?

flavor_tea_labelYou have likely heard for years the mantra that “you are what you eat.”

I would suggest that it is more accurate to say that you are what you DRINK.

Your team will succeed or fail based upon what is in the “Kool-Aid” being served, and how many are drinking it consistently.  If individuals on your team lack commitment, or do not seem interested in collaborating and contributing, it is likely because they are not “consumed” with the same compelling goal or cultural standards that you want them to internalize.

So if you want to change your team, get them all drinking the flavor of tea that they need!

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What Invisible Dragons are Your Teammates Fighting?

blue_dragonEvery one of your teammates is fighting an invisible dragon.

As a coach, it took me longer than I would like to admit to develop an awareness of the personal battles that each one of my players were struggling with once they left the court.

When your teammates leave the locker room, or classroom, or board room, do you know what situation or struggles they are going home to?

The likelihood is that you have very little idea what invisible dragons they are fighting to slay outside of your team project or workplace.

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    This is very insightful, and I think you're absolutely right. In every single sports movie every, you follow each of the team memb...

How to Give Your Team Advice That Gets Results

team_advice_four_stepsOne of the most difficult skills for a teammate or leader to learn is how to give people on your team advice that gets results instead of resentment.

Like you, over the years I shared countless nuggets of wisdom that would have helped my players or teammates, but it often went unheeded – and unappreciated.

The problem was not the ideas, but how I shared them.

I have since learned that there is an effective process of four steps to offering advice that can even help to strengthen your relationships while it improves team performance.

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Two Easy Teambuilding Activities to Develop Team Chemistry

DEVELOP_TEAM_CHEMISTRYNot everyone can bring in a facilitator to lead their group through a full or half day of activities and insights to improve team communication and cohesiveness.

As a high school coach, I eventually realized that team culture was far more impactful than the X's and O's. And it was my frustration with not being able to find an affordable event facilitator to work with my team that eventually led to my own interest in becoming a team building speaker.

While I very much enjoy working with corporate groups and university athletic programs, I do realize that there are hundreds of coaches who are searching, just like I was, for easy teambuilding activities that can be used to develop team chemistry.

And, if you are working with a young group of athletes in a youth league or as part of a high school program that you want to inspire to work better together, I would like to suggest two other fun activities that may be helpful...

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“That’s Not My Job” is a Dangerous Phrase for Teams

not_my_job_dangerous_phrase_for_teamsOne very dangerous catch phrase that people on great teams would likely never speak is “that’s not my job.”

Unfortunately, it is a phrase that has crept into many organizations, creating conflicts amongst teammates that should be supporting one another.

As a basketball coach, I used to look for athletes who did the little extra things that didn’t show up on our statistics sheet.

I loved to catch a player picking up a piece of trash from the locker room floor.

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    Nobody wants to do things that are not on their job description but the truth is you have to. We all have at some point in our liv...
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    Hey Sean, Great post. I appreciate the aggravation and poor team culture that exist when we limit ourselves to "that's not my job...

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