Daily Nugget of Gold 922
We asked a lot of questions in our last get-together. We asked you, our trusted friend, to come up with some answers to some very difficult situations we all seem to find ourselves in. We love to be a part of a team that functions like clockwork, don’t we? When the team we belong to at the time doesn’t seem to function properly, what can and should we do then? Often it seems that in real life there is a temptation to try and “fix” the team by either replacing a person on it or by having them bend to our own vision and version of how events need to unfold in order to obtain success.
There are some major drawbacks in the “fix the team or team players” approaches we would like to cast some light on. One such disadvantage is that we can literally destroy team spirit by focusing our attention on our disagreements with each other. It seems that in fairly short order the whole operation morphs into a competitive complaint session and the team is driven even further apart than towards the ideal. Don’t feel bad if when examining what you do yourself you’ve noticed that at times we have had such faults. Most teams aren’t winning teams. Most teams ARE dysfunctional. If there are twenty or thirty teams in a league, for instance- how many of them go all the way to take the championship, after all? One. Just one. So that means that there are 19 or 29 teams that DON’T make it. They are arguably all less than perfect. So most of us are on dysfunctional teams, aren’t we?
A truly honest person even on the winning team will tell you that one of the facts of life is that every single person out there is flawed in some way. Most honest individuals on a winning team will readily admit they blew it more often than they would ever care to admit. So what’s different about the winning team that makes them a great team?
There is this idea of taking the best of the best that each person has to offer and building on all of their strengths, talents, and abilities rather than find fault with one another. If someone else isn’t great at something, a true team player will look for ways at minimizing that trait by using the talents of another member of the team and perhaps their own gifts to work with the positive traits that person does have instead of complaining about them. Every single person on a winning team contributes to some extent and certainly that contribution is going to vary from one person to the next. Whenever we focus our attention on the flaws of another person we begin losing sight of what we can do as individuals in order to improve the team dynamic, don’t we? Winning teams cannot be bothered with spending their time on the faults of each person on the team, winning teams use the cards they were dealt in such a way that they achieve the objective at hand. Does this make sense?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What contributions can I make which will improve our chances for success as a team?”
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