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Destroying Unity Is Easy

The idea of an emotional bank account is real. We need deposits of encouragement to offset discouraging withdrawals. If you want to destroy your team’s unity, let those emotional bank accounts slip into the red. Many leaders are the perfect example of this. We are our own worst critics. We ponder thoughts destructive to our well-being. Our lives contribute significant value, but we forget this when we have fallen short or missed a goal. But
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Unity Does Not Mean Unanimous Agreement

We will not agree all the time. That’s OK. One of the challenges of building unity in your team is recognizing that unity does not mean unanimous. Unity is not a team of automatons that blindly follows every decision. Too much agreement actually means something unhealthy is going on. The wise King Solomon had a lot to say about the healthy tension that’s required in any great relationship: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man
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Humility Builds Unity

Unity requires a tremendous amount of humility. Humility is not thinking less of oneself. Humility is thinking of oneself less. Putting the needs of others ahead of our own because we have the best interest of others in mind. These are the people you want on your team. One of my mentors is a great example for me. His name is Kyle. Even though he is busy, when I call he picks up. If I
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Unity Above All Else

I like working in isolation. Decisions seem clear. No one tells me I’m wrong. I get what I want. But ultimately, it’s not good. You can’t lead an organization from solitude. Unity is more important than my preferences. One of my favorite activities is “unstructured thinking.” I love quiet times of writing, reading, thinking, praying, listening to music, sleeping, and working out. Yes, I even consider sleeping an activity—good ideas happen while you sleep. Unstructured
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Credera’s CEO on Building a Family-Like Culture

Despite his busy schedule, Rob Borrego, president and CEO of Credera, was quick to make time to discuss Credera’s culture. I know from my own personal experience that Borrego’s prioritization of the firm’s people and culture is intentional and consistent. As an employee of the firm for the past two years, I believe my personal experience “on the inside” makes me uniquely qualified to tell this story— and I wouldn’t tell it if I didn’t
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EnLink Gives ‘More Life’ to Employees

The EnLink Midstream family lives at the corner of Cedar Springs and Fairmount in Dallas. EnLink’s home is humble enough: seven stories of concrete and glass, with windows wrapping the building on each floor, offering the entire office a 360-degree view of life in Uptown Dallas. It’s a beautiful urban scene – but it’s the relationships created within that make the headquarters a home. “We are constantly reminded that everything good we’ve ever done came
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Forging Unity

Successful leadership requires unity. When leaders are united, the results are amazing, but this doesn’t happen without hard work. Unity is developed over time by demonstrating consistent trustworthy behavior. When roadblocks arise that threaten the unity of a team, it is critical to address the issues. We’ve learned this lesson countless times. It is much easier to maintain unity when we do not allow conflict to fester or issues to build up. We must be
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Fight For Unity in Leadership

William Wilberforce Wasn’t Alone William Wilberforce is a hero of mine. He is best known for leading the abolition of the slave trade in Britain. His work began in the 1780s and continued through the 1830s. He spent his life fighting slavery. But Wilberforce didn’t do it alone. He surrounded himself with friends and colleagues who helped shape the abolitionist movement. Thousands of hours were spent with his close friends writing legislation, debating arguments, preparing
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