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How many times have you heard the familiar expression, "There's no 'I' in team?" If you have ever played organized sports, I can almost guarantee you that every coach that you ever had made that statement more than a few times. These coaches had a job to do and that was to build a team where "together everyone achieves more." Since they were coaching a team sport, it was vitally important to the success of the team to meld all of the talents of each team member. Ball hogs and glory hounds tended to take away from the overall team effort, not to mention the dissension that predictably occurred when one member tried to steal the thunder from the rest of the group.
Vincent Lombardi, the late Hall of Fame Football Coach once said, "Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." But he also said, "The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual."
Well it looks like there definitely is an 'I' in team after all. Each team member depends on each of the others to pull his or her own weight. If any team member fails to do his or her job, then the entire team suffers as a result. Team building is just what it says it is - pulling a group of individuals together to work as a cohesive unit. That means there's a lot of "I's" working together, doesn't it? You bet!
Coach Lombardi knew a thing or two about team building. His Green Bay Packer football teams won six division titles and five championships in his nine years as head coach (including the first two Super Bowls played). He took over a moribund team that had only won one game the year before and molded them into champions through hard work, gritty determination and an unyielding will to win. He insisted that each and every team member do his part, each and every play. His teams prepared to win - emotionally, mentally and physically. Second place finishes and second rate effort were not part of the game plan.
How about you? Do you do whatever it takes, whenever it's needed, to help your teams both at home and at work? Are you ready, willing and most of all, able to pitch in to make your team a winning one? It's absolutely crucial that you dig in and do your part. Your teammates need to know that they can count on you to give a 110% effort each and every time, especially when the going gets a bit rough.
Winning isn't a once in a while thing. No, it's really an all consuming attitude that all winners possess - all of the time. Each of us were born to win. It's up to you to make sure that you do your part to make winning a way of life for your entire team as well.
Muhammad Ali, certainly a world champion in his own right, once said, "Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have late minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
Players win games. Teams win championships.