The Four Elements of an Effective Team

This week I had a chance to speak in New Orleans. My friend Jimmer Fredette is playing for the New Orleans Pelicans so I took the time to go to see them play. The Pelicans were without their star Anthony Davis (who is injured) and I was impressed with the teamwork they displayed, so I thought I would share a post I wrote about the formula for effective teamwork from several years ago. The old acronym for TEAM is T- Together E- Everyone A- Achieves M- More While I agree with the sentiment – it is only true if the team learns to work together. I have been a part of teams in business, sports, and community efforts as well as church and service projects. Some have been effective and some haven’t. So what makes a team effective? There are Four Elements of An Effective Team. It is the acronym
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Change Someone’s Day

This weekend I am speaking in Napa, CA – wine country. I came across this cool story of an anonymous woman who is giving bottles of wine to couples every weekend.  –  https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/millionaire-secretly-giving-bottles-wine-unsuspecting-diners-san/story?id=28869732   “I am madly in love with this community. I’m so thankful to live here,” she told ABC News. “I just wanted to do something that married my love of this wine country with the community and make people smile and do something fun.” This random act of kindness is a cool way that she is making a surprising and positive difference in the lives of others. It made me step back and ask: What am I doing to make a surprising and positive impact on others? What is your answer? I think it starts with those closest to us. Can I take the time to put a surprise note or sketch in with my kid’s lunch? Or
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The Rule of Two – How to Connect with People

The Rule of Two – How to Connect With People   A few months ago I wrote a blog titled, Stop One-Upping If You Want to Connect with Others https://tybennett.com/stop-one-upping-people-if-you-want-to-connect/  I had a lot of comments on the blog from people who recognize that they do this and others who talked about how annoying it is when people do it to them. We all know what it feels like when someone makes the conversation about them or shares a bigger and better story than what was just shared. It causes us to shrink back, disengage and feel defensive. Last week I was speaking for Anthem Insurance in California and at one of the breaks a salesman named Joe asked if he could share an insight with me. Earlier that day I shared an idea that I teach to focus on being interested, not interesting and he said it reminded him
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