Hello, loyal professionals and entrepreneurs! This blog offers a unique perspective on a familiar concept, so I need your undivided attention for the next 5 minutes or so.
How many times have you heard someone say that “there is no I in team?” When you first hear this you may automatically agree with the simple logic, but I have found that the longer you think about it the less sense it makes….do you know what I mean?
Consider the most successful teams of all time in sports and in business, for a moment.
This very topic takes me back to my youth basketball and baseball days. I remember learning very early on, that working as a team was vital to our success and necessary to play within the rules of each game. The best teams each season had the best players, who also played well together. This allowed them to all leverage each other’s individual talents and gifts, for the overall betterment of the team. When the goal is embraced by everyone, each individual has the ability to make his or her team even better by taking daily action towards improvement.
If you remove one person, a team is no longer the same and the dynamic changes, instantly.
Teams are comprised of individuals than contribute unique skills and experiences, toward a shared interest and common goals. This means that you are significant and you have the ability to impact something much larger than yourself!
What makes a world-class team? Obviously, you need to have excellent people, but it’s even more important that the individuals all embrace the same vision!
If you are responsible for building a team, is this something that you have considered?
If you will be doing this in the future carefully consider some of the points that I have mentioned. It may save you some future heartache.
Let’s get back to the topic of you and where you fit into all of this. I talk to a lot of people about entrepreneurial opportunities and many of them are part of teams or are trying to build their own. When teams are struggling to grow and thrive, I usually hear about how people “aren’t pulling their weight” or some other variation of similar whining. Remember that we have the power to choose our attitude and our level of effort that we focus on every situation. What have you done lately to improve your experience in life and business?
Your contribution to the shared goals of the team is very important because you will get out of it, what you put into it. If you want a stronger group, contribute more to it! Instead of waiting for someone else to take care of you, just handle it yourself.
What can you do today to increase your team’s chance for a championship? What can you do to move your organization forward? These are questions that you will have to figure out the answers to. Once you do that, it’s on you to take action and elevate the game of everyone around you.
The next time that someone within earshot of you says that “there is no I in team,” I am curious to think about what your reaction will be. Will your response default to what I discussed in the opening sentences of this post? My hope is that your perspective has been broadened.
I encourage you to have the confidence to know that your involvement is significant in everything that you do!