Six Ways to Move Your Team Toward Tenacity

Leaders call themselves and others to discomfort, not ease.

If it’s easy to achieve, it’s below your potential. 

The more meaningful your dream, the more it requires of you.

passion doesn't eliminate discomfort it produces it

Breakthroughs occur at the collision of discomfort and passion.

Passion doesn’t eliminate discomfort, it produces it. Success becomes possible when passion beats discomfort into submission. 

Excitement is transitory enthusiasm. Tenacity endures.

Six ways to move your team toward tenacity:

Those who refuse to dig-in are doomed to stay where they are.

  1. Enjoy, but don’t depend on excitement. Excitement thinks about the end of the journey when the hard work is over. It fades when the rubber hits the road. Immature excitement believes success is like tip toeing through tulips.
  2. Connect with purpose. Pressure to get things done makes teams forget purpose. You need good reasons to go through hell. 
  3. Include fear. Everyone one who makes a difference, fears they won’t. “What if you fail?”
  4. Teach people to say, “I want to earn an opportunity.” Useless phrases:
    • Could I have an opportunity?
    • All I need is an opportunity.
    • Please give me an opportunity. (The worst!)
  5. Eliminate whining, but create channels to address what isn’t working. Five rules for discussing what isn’t working:
    • #1. Don’t talk about an issue unless you’re prepared to do something about it.
    • #2. The exception to #1 is talking to decide if rule #1 applies.
    • #3. Label venting as venting.
    • #4. Determine why the issue is important. Purpose fuels passion.
    • #5. Identify a behavior that makes things better today. Theories aren’t solutions.
  6. Don’t help too much. Struggle makes you strong. Caring leaders like to help. Four tips for over-helpful leaders:
    • Wait to be asked. Don’t jump in.
    • When necessary, ask, “How may I help?” Wait for their answer, don’t give one.
    • Help them help themselves.
    • The need to “save the day,” is about your ego.

What causes teams to loose commitment?

How might leaders move teams toward tenacity?