The “I” in Team

Something I’ve shared about throughout this month is that teamwork is about a group of individuals coming together to reach a goal. It’s not a group reaching a group goal, it’s individuals making an individual contribution together with others all working together to reach a goal. In a true team the individual is as important as the fact that it’s a team. A team is not a place for you to lose your independent identity, nor is it only about the sum of the parts. A team is both “I” and “we.”

As we reach the end of the month in just a few days I wanted to take the time to address something not everyone remembers to say: you’re important. Who you are, what you do, what you can do and what you want are all important. I believe that the only way we can make the world a better place is when we’re personally better people and start stepping up to make our personal contribution to the world. It’s time that we stopped being snowed under by big corporations, big celebrities and ignorant partners and start standing up for what we personally need.

The team is only as successful as its members and if you’re not functioning to your full potential the team will soon show evidence of just that. When you’re not working smoothly together it’s obvious; ask any sports fan. It’s not about being self-centered or selfishly putting yourself first, it’s about making sure you’re healthy mentally and physically and supported enough to make your contribution to the team. We’re not expected to carry our weight alone, but we are expected to make the contributions that only we can make. Of course when we’re healthy and running at our best we’re able to make a better contribution than if we’re feeling depressed, demeaned, ignored or insignificant.

If you’re serious about seeing more victories in your life it’s time to take your life and your position on the team seriously. If you can’t it’s beyond time to consider the team you’re on and the choices you’re making in your life so that you can have a happier, more fulfilling life and finally help your team achieve the victories you’ve been working towards for so long.

“The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” James Cash Penney


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