Daily Nugget of Gold 921
Often times in life we are asked to be “team players” or to function with our classmates or co-workers as a team, true? What does this mean to you? Is your vision of a team a group of people putting all of their individual needs aside so that they flawlessly perform the tasks needed in perfect harmony with each other or is a team of people somewhat something of a dysfunctional family in which some people “do their part” and others do something less than that? Obviously, we’d like to have the ideal team in the first instance but we will submit to you that life is more like the latter example we gave to you. We’ve used the following quote several times but we think at this juncture it bears repeating:
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
In the past we’ve used this quote as a way of casting light on why we want to persevere and overcome failure. That not where we wish to focus your attention this time. Let’s look at one of the aspects of Michael Jordan that make him up- the willingness to admit his faults. We weren’t there when Mr. Jordan uttered this quote, but the flavor of his words lead us to believe he would be quite candid in admitting that as a team player, he often screwed up. Sometimes he intentionally did things that clearly didn’t advance the team- maybe even did things that ended up hurting his team even if his intentions were good at the time. If he had done so and he really seems to be admitting that here, do you suppose he thought people who were sometimes “screw ups” should be booted from the team?
At times we might be a part of one team that seems to function like a well-oiled machine. A winning team like that is an awesome thing to behold and a great deal of fun to be part of. If there were five of us on such a team and we all indeed felt that way about each other, that’s cool. Doesn’t it seem that there are many “team situations” we find ourselves in where we are asked to work with a group of individuals and some of them don’t actually do their share, or maybe some of them who do mess up daily? It seems to us that this latter case is the one we find ourselves in again and again and only occasionally do we seem to be part of that elite “dream team”. If so- how can we make the most of those less-than-perfect times so that we function best as a team? What can we do personally to insure the best chances of success as a unit? Are their any strategies for those situations which can help us perform better? We could try and get the flawed person off of the team or have them “see the error of their ways” but that seems to us that it might lead to hard feelings and a disintegrating effect which stifles rather than enhances team spirit. Our next piece will focus on solutions. Until then, let’s ask ourselves an important question…
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“Am I truly a team player?”
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