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6 Ways To Be a Successful Team Member (#4)

4. Share New Ideas

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  1. Fear that someone will steal or take credit for your idea
  2. None of your other ideas have been accepted

Let’s look at #2 first. And for that I can only offer these words and phrases:

  • Not now
  • Not yet
  • Wasn’t the right time
  • Convince me

On the flip side, at least people know you’re always dreaming and thinking about possibilities. Most likely you’re ahead of your time. Here’s a great example……

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Anyone old enough to remember Karen Carpenter? Killer drummer and vocalist. She died in the early 1980’s – eating disorder.

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Karen was half of the famous group, The Carpenters. Her voice was absolutely amazing and people often wonder how legendary she would have been. In the late 1970’s she did a solo album; completely out of the music style that most were accustomed to hearing come out of her mouth. The album was not released. Some said the world was not ready for it.

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In 1996; thirteen years after her death that album was released and did okay. Some of the talk at the time of release was that it was too far ahead of it’s time for 1980; but now it was right. Others say had they convinced the music industry that 1980 was the right time who knows what influence it would have had on the music industry? I say too bad; maybe a better job of convincing needed to have been done.

Now as for #1; No one will steal your idea. Go back and read that again.

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If you’ve really thought it through only you have the desire, plans, vision and dare I use that word that makes me want to puke – passion – to see that idea through to completion. Only you have what it takes to not only convince others why it is needed but what it will take to see it through. If you don’t already know, I am the founder of Recess At Work Day; a free health and wellness idea that I created so that employers can improve morale, engagement, productivity and overall health within the organization. Most people hear Recess and immediately think fun and games – and who has time for that when we need to work on being greedy and bankrupting our country.

{Pause while I come down from the soapbox}

Recently a good friend of mine introduced me to a Corporate Health and Wellness Manager who mentioned to him that she wanted to bring a Recess to her organization! A Recess? Ding, Ding, Ding!! He told her about me and put us in touch.

Could he have done it? Maybe. But he knows who the guy is that thinks organizations need to take a Recess from the way they currently are doing business – for lots of reasons.He knows why organizations like the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society have hired me be they keynote speaker and deliver a breakout on this very topic. He knows the guy is who has built a part of his business around looking at Recess in a new light. He knows who is studying the need for this. And he is comfortable enough that I will deliver. Some fun things are going to happen in 2009 with a large multi-national and several recreation organizations; and I’ll be a part of them.

I know you’ve got ideas. Keep offering them. Keep talking about them; and keep coming up with new ones. Think them through logically and clearly. Keep you motivation and enthusiasm high by asking for advice, partnering and support. Not only does it show your true team spirit; but it keeps you relevant and on the radar with your organization – which is what you are hoping for, right?

Just make them good ideas.

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On Monday we’ll do #5. Have fun this weekend. I’ll be doing my best to keep warm.

6 Ways To Be a Successful Team Member (#3)

3. Take On A New Project With Enthusiasm

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Under normal circumstances it would have had my name all over it; but this was a volunteer job and thus far my experience with this organization is that while they tell you to be creative and have fun; in the end all of your creativity gets squashed and your energies get zapped. This time I declined.

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I know, you’re reading this looking at the title of the post wondering why you should take on a project with enthusiasm when I’m starting off with a bad example.

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Because not everything works out the way we like.

When you take on a project you should ask yourself what can I do to make this project memorable to those who have asked me to take on the task; I ask myself what can I personally learn by taking on this project and finally I ask myself what talent or skill can I offer to make the outcome of this project even better than anyone had expected. Those three points are a great source of motivation and most of the time, they are the outcomes. Some of the time, as how I started this post, it doesn’t work that way. My history with the “has my name all over it” organization is while they talk about new ideas, they can’t get out of their old way of thinking. If it had been the first request I would have said yes.

In How To Be a Good Employee, a program I offer to college seniors and new hire orientations, I share the story of a woman whose employer sent her to search for a lost document believed to be in a row of file cabinets the size of a double-wide trailer. Talk about the needle in the haystack thing. Now how many people do you think signed up for that task? She wasn’t looking at the floor or in the other direction and she won the prize!

In the end she told me she had a choice – be miserable or get herself excited about it. She chose to get excited. She is motivated to learn. One of the things she did was realize that a lot of company history was in those files and there was a lot to be learned about the organization. She was right. Down the road, when decisions and policies were made, she had a better understanding as to why.
She also decided to have some fun during her search. Wanna know what she did?

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There are so many opportunities that come along with a new project. Be enthusiastic and the outcome will be a much better experience – for everyone.

Tomorrow we’ll do #4.

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6 Ways To Be A Successful Team Member (#2)

2. Pick Up A Loose End for Someone Else



It’s happened; it’s the end of the day and everyone is walking out the door. Off to see their spouse, partner, significant other. Off to see their kids participate in some sport. Off to their aerobics class. Or off to the bar for a well needed drink (possibly because of you). Everyone is walking out the door. Everyone but you. You’ve got a few more things to do.

You offer polite smiles and pleasant “have a nice evenings.” Under your breath you’re muttering words I cannot write here but this should sum it up: *&$#*&$#!*&$#!

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If only someone had offered to stick around and help you finish your work. You’d be out of there in a few minutes.

Well let me ask you this………….When was the last time you offered to help someone out?

Seems so much of what goes in on the workplace comes down to “it’s not my job.” And if it’s not your job, why bother; right? Well maybe you’ll earn some respect? Maybe you’ll learn a bit more about the company products or services? Maybe you know something that can make that person’s job a bit easier? Maybe that person has something to give you? Maybe you will actually look like the team player you say you are? Maybe some new revenue or cost savings idea might come out of it? Maybe………………………….Oh go figure the rest out yourself.

But on your way out of the office today tell someone you’ve got fifteen minutes to help them with something. And if you think that fifteen minutes can be better used on your own work………why were you leaving so early?

Tomorrow we’ll do #3. Click here to learn more about Rich’s programs on team building, communications, and other employee issues.

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In the meantime here’s a little fun item for you that was sent to me yesterday….


HIGH SCHOOL — 1958 vs. 2008


Scenario 1:
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.

1958 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2008 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1958 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2008 – Police called and SWAT team arrives — they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged them with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

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Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1958 – Jeffrey sent to the Principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2008 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1958 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2008 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself; and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.

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Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1958 – Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.

2008 – The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:
Pedro fails high school English.

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1958 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2008 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.


2008 – ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents — and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
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Scenario 8:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1958 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2008 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

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6 Ways To Be A Successful Team Member

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My issue is that lateness is about respect; or lack of it I should say. When you make me wait you are telling me that I don’t matter; I am not important and my time is not as valuable as yours. Screw that!

Years ago I was a member of a Toastmasters group

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; we met at 8:00 in the morning every other Friday. One member always walked in about twenty minutes late; even on the days she was supposed to facilitate the meeting. Yes, you read that right – twenty minutes. Everyone thought the right thing to do was to wait for Diane – everyone but Rich. Well one day I stood up and said “No, we are not waiting for Diane any longer or ever again. You are not respecting me or anyone else in this room who shows up on time. This is not an isolated incident. We are starting and I am going to fill her role unless someone else wishes to do it.”

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We started. She walked in and slipped into a chair with a very obvious uneasy feeling. I ignored her. Her apologies for being late would mean nothing at that point. Come to think of it, not much of what she said had any meaning at that point. Yes, forever branded as being late and unreliable. Not someone I would want on my team. Do you agree?

Tomorrow we’ll do number 2.

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Don’t laugh; you’d be surprised how many people think less of you because you are chronically late. You would be surprised how many people have been left on the brink of failure because you failed to show up on time. But guess what…..that is not my issue here.

My issue is that lateness is about respect; or lack of it I should say. When you make me wait you are telling me that I don’t matter; I am not important and my time is not as valuable as yours. Screw that!

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We started. She walked in and slipped into a chair with a very obvious uneasy feeling. I ignored her. Her apologies for being late would mean nothing at that point. Come to think of it, not much of what she said had any meaning at that point. Yes, forever branded as being late and unreliable. Not someone I would want on my team. Do you agree?

Tomorrow we’ll do number 2.

So I decided to listen to a health expert and……………

I’ve got this cold; a pretty bad one. Yesterday morning it wasn’t so bad; so I took the advice of the health expert on some morning show.

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Well that was the motivation I needed. So I tossed my snow shoes into the car, queued up my favorite disco play list on the MP3 player, and headed over to the local golf course. Over hill and dale, up and down big ole hills (the course is built into a mountain), and in and out of tree lined greens I went; recreating for about one hour. As an aside, I like to call it fun and recreation; exercise is anything but fun.

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Last night as I wheezed, coughed, sniffled and moaned, the dogs looked at me like I was a cry baby.

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I’ve always heard to rest when I am not feeling well. But what if someone else’s thoughts and views were right? What if they could propel me to better health faster? That’s why I went.

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On a bigger picture, what if someone else’s thoughts, opinions and views could boost your business productivity, morale or creative processes? Remaining stagnant and doing nothing is equivalent to sitting in a germ laden environment hoping to get better.

Okay, so today I feel like crap; I’m weaker and tireder; but the time out on the golf course yesterday was great time to think about the week ahead rather than the weakness in my head.

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What new idea have you been avoiding introducing to your life; business or personal? Is it time?

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He was talking about how you should push yourself to go exercise when cold and flu season is upon us; even when you’re feeling under the weather (by the way, what does feeling under the weather really mean?)

Well that was the motivation I needed. So I tossed my snow shoes into the car, queued up my favorite disco play list on the MP3 player, and headed over to the local golf course. Over hill and dale, up and down big ole hills (the course is built into a mountain), and in and out of tree lined greens I went; recreating for about one hour. As an aside, I like to call it fun and recreation; exercise is anything but fun.

Last night as I wheezed, coughed, sniffled and moaned, the dogs looked at me like I was a cry baby.

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On a bigger picture, what if someone else’s thoughts, opinions and views could boost your business productivity, morale or creative processes? Remaining stagnant and doing nothing is equivalent to sitting in a germ laden environment hoping to get better.

Okay, so today I feel like crap; I’m weaker and tireder; but the time out on the golf course yesterday was great time to think about the week ahead rather than the weakness in my head.

What new idea have you been avoiding introducing to your life; business or personal? Is it time?

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It never fails; when I am delivering an employee morale, communications or engagement presentation we get into a conversation about taking breaks versus not taking breaks. Someone will usually comment how breaks are frowned upon by management; but it seems that the smokers take their breaks.

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So take up smoking is usually my response; followed by this………………

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Happy Friday. Enjoy your weekend.

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So take up smoking is usually my response; followed by this………………

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Happy Friday. Enjoy your weekend.

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