Why Do Some Teams Exceed Expectations and Others Collapse Under Them?

Obviously, there is no single factor that determines which side of this equation a team ends up on. There is however, one that I believe overshadows all of the others. The factor I am referring to is the culture of the organization. Most organizations talk about building a strong culture, but few take the necessary (and often difficult) steps required to build a winning culture.It takes time and commitment, as well as a lot of pain to create a winning culture. Most people shrink in the face of the difficult decisions that must be made to build a strong lasting culture. Instead they opt to make decisions that have the most immediate impact.Winning cultures are built through strong and consistent leadership. I have seen exceptional cultures begin to fall apart as soon as one decision strays from the written and implied rules of that culture.People who know how to build exceptional cultures are well aware that they will often have to accept short term losses by adhering to the rules of that culture. They also know that those losses will pay off handsomely if they stay on their path. It is also imperative that they have buy-in from ALL levels of the organization.Most preseason predictions focus on changes made to a roster or coaching staff during the off-season. While this is indeed an important consideration, I would argue that without bringing them into a living, breathing culture they are, more often than not, doomed to fail.People often become better than they imagine they could be when they are dropped into a winning culture. There’s a reason that companies like In- N- Out Burger and Southwest Airlines are among the most successful in their field and have the most satisfied employees, while many of their less successful competitors have some of the unhappiest employees.The reason is the difference in culture. It’s not like In-N-Out and Southwest hire all the best and brightest and their competitors hire bums. In fact, I would be willing to wager that if you switched the new hires from In-N-Out and Southwest with their competitors’ new hires, nothing would change at any of those businesses.In football terms, the New England Patriots are arguably the most dominant (and consistent) team in football over the past 20-years. How many times in the past decade have they acquired the best available players in the off-season?Look at their most valuable player, Tom Brady, he was not a highly sought-after player when he arrived there. It’s very likely that if he went to the Cleveland Browns instead of the Patriots, no one reading this (outside of University of Michigan fans) would know who he is today.That’s the power of a winning culture. I always say ‘you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so choose carefully.’ In a nutshell that’s how a winning culture works, you become the average of the people who are already in that culture. Which is why bringing a bunch of great new players to a team often disappoints that team’s fans.You can follow Sam on Twitter @SuperTaoInc

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Choosing The Right Family Photographer – Useful Tips That Will Help You Search For One

As a family, there are certainly moments which you cannot miss out on. That is why hire the service of a family photographer. The photos they take will serve as very good memories for moments as such. Family photographers are known for their ability to provide the most exceptional quality of photos for your family photo album. Some of the precious family moments that can be captured by the lens of photographers are the following: baby related photos, school photos, engagement, and also, maternity. There are so many of us here who are fond of going after the chronological presentation of events that will took place in the life of their child, starting from their pregnancy, all the way to their senior school graduation ceremony.

These days, there is already a plethora of seasoned and skilled family photographers that you can choose from, but then again, even if that is the case, it would still be best for you to choose one who has what it takes to provide excellent photos. Regarding this matter at hand, there are several essential things that you have to consider when making your selection. By following these tips, you are bound to land a good family photographer whom you can have a reliable and trusting relationship.

First things first, you have to know if the family photographer you come across with is good with children. They might be called family photographers, but they are just regular photographers and some of them might not be good with handling children. We all know how handful kids can be, especially when having them do a certain pose or to be in a specific position. It takes a patient and understanding family photographer to deal with this situation. What we want you to do is to consider the experience they have in terms of taking family photos as this will speak volume about the kind of photographer they are. If they have been in the service for a long time and are capable of handling children, then they are the right one for you.

Another thing that you have to do is to determine whether or not the family photographer you approach is flexible. It has been said that the most precious photos are those taken on location, not those that are taken a studios. Let us say, if you are going for a maternity photography, surely, you would want to have a family photographer who can come to your house to capture the photos. Same thing goes if you are planning on taking your child’s senior school photos as it is best placed right at their school. If you want to take holiday photos, the beach or the pool is the best place for it. Make it a point to ensure that the family photographer you hire is flexible enough to come to where you want your family photos taken or who can follow your events to capture the best images you require.

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