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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

TEAMMATES OR JUST ON THE TEAM

Being on the team benefits your personal goals and ambitions. Being a teammate benefits the goals and ambitions of your team and your teammates.

Being on the team can make you a bystander.  Teammates intervene in the lives and actions of their teammates.

Being on the team involves personal effort.  Being a teammate involves the efforts of every player.

Being on the team means doing what is asked of you.  Being a teammate is doing whatever is needed for the team to succeed.

Being on the team can involve blaming others and making excuses.  Being a teammate involves accepting responsibility, accountability, and ownership of the team's problems.

Being on the team makes you "me-optic," asking what's in it for me?  Being a teammate makes you "we-optic," asking what's in it for us?

Sometimes players on the team are drawn together by common interests; teammates are drawn together by a common mission.

Sometimes players on a team like one another; teammates respect each other.

Sometimes players on a team bond together because of a shared background or compatible personalities; teammates bond together because they recognize every player is needed to accomplish the goal of the team.

Sometimes players on a team are energized by emotions; teammates energize one another out of commitment.

From "Inside Out Coaching" by Joe Ehrmann