"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins
championships." Michael Jordan.
If Michael Jordan had focused purely on making himself look good
when he played it is not likely that the Chicago Bulls would have
been six-time NBA champions during his tenure. Outstanding
individual performers come and go in any team sport, but the ones
that go down in history are focused on both individual performance
and team contribution. Where is your focus?
Are you an effective team player in the
Is your goal simply to win the game or do you
strive for the championship?
Are you primarily concerned with your own
performance, the performance of the team or both?
Are your work teams really any different than the
From the time we are small children we learn about teamwork by the
color of our shirt - red, blue, green, or yellow. These colors
define our team membership and our goals. Think for a minute about
the teams that you are a part of. While it is not likely any longer
that your shirt color will help you to define most of the teams you
belong to, I am sure you can quickly think of a few. Teams are
defined in a variety of ways but share one characteristic - a common
What are the goals of the teams you belong to?
How do your personal goals integrate with your team's shared goals?
Think again about that list of teams you belong to. Look at the
other members of those teams. Each of them is there because of the
perspective they offer and the diversity of the team actually adds
to its strength. A team is only as strong as its weakest link,
however. I am sure you can think of a person or two in some of the
teams you have worked with that was this weak link.
Ask yourself, what could I do to strengthen this link? Remember, you
are all working towards the same end, the championship. You have a
vested interest in strengthening the team, that is, unless you are
simply interested in winning the game.
By Aseriah Jordan
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