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…by Steven Pinker (Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University) I’m simply writing to everyone to make a recommendation that if you’re at all interested in a brief history of civilization and human psychology, please read this book: The Better Angels of our Nature, Why Violence has Declined.  It’s …
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Whether in a family team, work team, or community team, most of us operate daily in some sort of collective – a team.  All teams are made up of individuals.  Whether it be two friends starting a company in a garage or tennis pairs in a doubles match, at some …
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Agency in Today’s Complex Operating Environment Whether in a family team, work team, or community team, most of us operate daily in some sort of collective – a team.  All teams are made up of individuals.  Whether it be two friends starting a company in a garage or tennis pairs …
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Mr. Overton…America’s Oldest Living Veteran This was just too good!  See Ryan Holiday’s article here about Mr. Richard Overton, America’s Oldest Living Veteran.  Mr. Overton lives in Austin, TX so Ryan Holiday (author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy and the Daily Stoic) went over to meet him.  Holiday’s three books are …
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Why do so many high grit (as defined by Dr. Angela Duckworth), high performing, Mission Critical Team (MCT) members score so low in self-esteem (personal pessimism)? This is a question I’ve been investigating since I sent many of you a survey in October 2016.  By the way, thanks very much to the 46 people …
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I believe all great teams are constantly working on the following four (4) things: Functional Excellence (Tactics, Techniques, Procedures, and/or Standard Operating Procedures [SOPs]).  Said differently, from a tactical perspective, it’s simply getting better at what we do. Physical and Mental Toughness Leadership, Followership, and Teamwork, and the dynamic inside …
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When working in any environment that has become familiar there is an established pattern of doing things.  Some of our environments are tightly constrained with very few degrees of freedom.  These types of jobs (or environments) may be boring for some and comfortable for others.  For me, and many of …
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Good afternoon, Team Room.  I’ve been off the net for a few weeks with my head down working on a few things so I’ve missed getting my notes out.  There are quite a few things I’ve learned in the last few weeks and thought I’d get a couple observations out …
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This week I’m reposting something important from a friend, great American, and great person.  Please see veteran Jimmy Hatch’s blog post here regarding his and his team’s experience in working to rescue US Army solider, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. If you haven’t already seen, don’t miss it!  I personally have tremendous respect for …
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Are young people today different? In the last year it’s been more frequent.  While working with a new team or during a Q&A after a presentation there’s a standard set of questions asked much more than others.  The question above gets asked all of the time.  Whether it’s from the parents and coaches of a youth sports …
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