The "I" in Teamwork!
TEAMWORK - `Together we achieve the extraordinary`
Business and general life is about dialogue that we `all` understand and respond to. So make the playing field equal, so all people understand the language used and the action to take, to receive and accept, so business life and general life is successful for `all` involved.
Yes, you can achieve all things in life by your attitude to be positive, you have the solution in you, so go forward and use it now!
PUTTING THE "I" IN "TEAM"
"The biggest discovery of every generation is that humans can change their life by changing their mental attitude"
— Albert Schweitzer
Think of the people who have had the biggest impact on your life.
Was it because of the things they gave you? No. It's the words they told you that helped shape your own life. Never forget your ability to heal, inspire, encourage, and positively affect people's lives simply using the power of words. The right words can make someone's day... or the person's entire life! `Accelerate with Impact` ISBN: 978-1-84549-289-2 helps.
"There may be no ' I' in 'team ', but there's a ME if you look hard enough."
-David Brent, from the TV show "The Office"
Here is the story:
This past weekend has been the final two days of a three month odyssey into rugby and hockey for my 11 year old grandson Rueben and 9 year old granddaughter Clara.
The agreement we made with both Rueben and Clara was that we would support them by buying their outfits, paying their costs and driving them to and from practices and games (over 200 car journeys, but who's counting?), and that in exchange they needed to make two simple agreements with us - that they would give their best to develop their individual skills, and that they would show up and support their teams for every practice and every game, even if they decided for any reason they no longer wanted to actively participate.
Those agreements were tested continually throughout the season as Rueben struggled with inexperience, illness and fear (he weighed nearly 50 pounds less than the weight limit for his division), Clara with frustration, exhaustion and chaos (over half her squad walked out less than two weeks before the final competition), and Barbara and I with sheer grand parenting overwhelmed (we almost gave up before either of them even thought to).
The reason those agreements mattered to us relates to what I believe to be the two key factors in the healthy development of an individual, family, team, community, or even society:
1. Personal Responsibility
"Action springs not from thought, but from readiness for responsibility."
We come into the world without the knowledge, strength or skills to take care of ourselves, and as such, we are naturally dependent on the people around us for our survival.
At some point, however, our dependence becomes more a matter of choice than necessity. This is the point where we have developed sufficient skills and awareness to take responsibility for our own continued learning and development.
It is the point where we no longer blame our teachers for a failing grade on a test or our backs in rugby for a dropped ball in the score zone - the shift from "who's fault is this?" to "what can I do in this moment to make things more the way I want them to be?"
The fact that sometimes that question has no easy answers is why the second factor is of equal importance...
2. Awareness of Interdependence
"There is no such thing as a "self-made" man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success."
-George Matthew Adams
In particular, "independence" has long been touted as the most prized stage of development. We go out and earn our own money, make our own way, and "don't have to depend on no-one for nothing"!
But while feeling able to take care of oneself is a wonderful milestone in any individual's development, at some point most of us come to realise that there's no such thing as true "independence".
Unless you harvest your own grain and nuts and grind them with stones ripped from the ground with your own bare hands, every time you have a peanut butter sandwich you are benefiting from the work of dozens of other people who have made the raw ingredients available to you. (Not to mention the employers and/or customers who have exchanged their money with you so that you could buy those raw ingredients from the shop.)
On a professional rugby team, the highest paid players are generally the forwards, running back, wide receiver and left tackle. But to say those players are more important to the success of the team than any other player or coach is like saying the engine is more important to the car than the steering wheel, the tires or the rear-view mirror. The fact is that if any part of the car isn't working properly, that car isn't going to get very far.
Here's the key:
*When you combine taking personal responsibility with an awareness of interdependence, you put the "I" back in "team".*
Two weeks ago Reuben's personal responsibility and natural ability led to his having a breakthrough game, starring as full back, wide receiver and defensive end. It seemed a perfect warm-up to the biggest game of the year - the homecoming game against the Wiltshire Tiny Mites.
Unfortunately, he spent much of the intervening week sick in bed and was still throwing up the morning of the homecoming game. Although he went through drills with his team before the game, the trainer made the decision that he wouldn't be able to play and he had to sit on the bench and watch his team take the field without him.
As I watched him sitting on the bench, head bowed as the rest of his team went out to play, I wondered how this game would affect what he took away from the season. If they played well without him, would he think that his own efforts hadn't mattered? If they played poorly, would he think it had all been down to him?
Fortunately, as I sat and pondered Rueben got up and found his own way of putting the "I" back into his team. He stood up and joined the other players on the sideline. During half time, he grabbed the water bottles and made sure his friends were able to refresh themselves. Just before full-time, I saw him dragging the cooler full of Gatorade and orange slices over to the shade so they would be there waiting for his team as they came off the field.
Although in the end his team lost the game, they finished strong as a team - and in that sense, every kid walked off the field as a winner.
1. What 'teams' are you on in your own life? That is, what groups of people do you work with or alongside of in pursuit of a shared goal?
2. For each 'team' you are a part of, identify that shared goal? Be as explicit as you can.
Team: Parents at my grandchild's school
Shared Goal: To give our kids the best possible grounding for happy, productive lives
Team: My company
Shared Goal: To create a high-impact, high-profit company - doing well by doing good
3. This week, practice noticing how everything you do is a function of both giving the gift of your personal responsibility and receiving the gifts of interdependence.
*I choose to sit here and write, even though there are a dozen other things clamouring for my attention
*I choose to continue on until the job is done
Awareness of Interdependence:
Without the people who have taken the time to share their wisdom with me, I wouldn't have the insights to know what to write. Without the thousands of people I hope will be reading this, I would not be taking the time to write it. Without the people who hire me as their coach, buy my books and products, I wouldn't be able to afford the time to write it. (This doesn't even take into account that I am able to type these words because of a teacher in the final grade and all the people who developed not only this computer but the software that allows me to share this with people in over 80 countries around the world!)
As I read back through this tip, I'm reminded of one of my favourite stories about a minister who is driving through the heartland of Europe when he comes across a truly glorious farm being tended to by a lone farmer.
Keen to remind the farmer of the source of his blessings, the minister pulls over to the side of the road and calls the farmer over.
"The lord has blessed you with a beautiful farm," said the minister.
After a few moments reflection, the farmer nodded his assent. "He certainly has, Reverend - but you should have seen it when he had it all to himself!"
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Note: About the Author Colin Thompson
Colin is a former successful Managing Director of Transactional/Print Manufacturing Plants, Print Management/Workflow Solutions companies and other organisations, former Group Chairman of the Academy for Chief Executives and Non-Executive Director, helping companies raise their `bottom-line` and `increase cash flow`. Plus, helping individuals to be successful in business and life in general. Author of several publications, research reports, guides, business and educational models on CD-ROM's/Software and over 400 articles published on business and educational subjects worldwide. International Speaker and Visiting University Professor.
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