How To Be A Proactive New Team Member

Being the new team member in an organization can be stressful and overwhelming. The desire to fit in, make a difference, and not commit too many “newbie” mistakes can cause stress and sleepless nights. One area where I see many new team members struggle is having a reactive vs. proactive mindset and approach to their new organization.

New Team Member

Henry CloudProactive people show you what they love, what they want, what they purpose, and what they stand for. These people are very different from those who are known by what they hate, what they don’t like, what they stand against, and what they will not do.

Dr. Henry Cloud
Boundaries (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1992), 98

How To Set And Keep Boundaries

Without boundaries you will never be able to live and lead with purpose. Without boundaries you will begin to drift and lose control of your life. You will find yourself feeling like a “slave” to those you serve and eventually will begin to resent them and their needs. The late nights, going the extra mile, and always putting the customer first will lead to burnout, stress, and strained (potentially broken) relationships.

Stone Boundaries

“Three Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift”
by Michael Hyatt

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This Is Your LIfe LogoIn this timely podcast Michael explains how easy it is to slowly start drifting through life rather than living with purpose and what you can do to make sure this does not happen.

We all desire to have a significant influence on those we love and serve, but what do we do when we wake up one day and life is nothing like we thought it would be?

Michael poses three questions that all leaders must ask in order to avoid the drift:

  1. How do I want to be remembered?
  2. What is important to me?
  3. What single brave decision will I make today?

Make it a great day!

Coach Dan

My Favorite Online Resources For Personal Development

In the past, I have written about the need to have a personal development plan if you are serious about becoming a life long learner I am committed to living and leading with purpose and many of the people I coach are as well. Recently, many of them have requested a list of online resources I use most frequently for my own development.

Online Resources For Development

What To Do When You Stop Believing In Yourself

A strong belief in your ability to achieve your goals and live your life with purpose is essential to success. The challenge is that life and business are not perfect. Mistakes are made. Deals are lost. Goals are not met. And, overtime if you don’t guard your heart and mind you can lose faith in yourself. You cease to see yourself as capable, equipped, and called for a purpose.

Set Your Mind

“The 5 Enemies of Unity”
by EntreLeadership

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EntreLeadership Podcast
April 21, 2014

The Five Enemies of UnityThis is another wonderful podcast from Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership. In The 5 Enemies of Unity podcast you will learn about the 5 Enemies of Unity facing teams today and how to avoid letting these enemies keep your team from achieving outstanding results.

If your team is struggling to get the job done, build community, or have shared purpose then most likely it is under attack from one or more of The 5 Enemies of Unity.

PODCAST HANDOUT: 5 Enemies of a Unified Team