Are You the “I” or “We” in TEAM?

Thinking About You

Thinking About You (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may be thinking…”There is no “I” or “We” in TEAM!”.   You are correct in terms of spelling.  Territorial Mentality?…Not so much!

Consider the Ego of People

The “I” in team is often capitalized within the ranks of officials, politicians, family members, relationships, community and church! Thus the cause and effect of what I call “The Trust Factor” decline.

I Remember a Wise Man Once Saying…

“Begin your sentences with ‘We’ when speaking with (not to) your team”.

By applying this advice I have been afforded the opportunity to lead many teams to grow with respect for one another while adopting the attitude, “We’ve Got Your Back!”

“If you need to guard your back…you are either on the wrong team or you are the “I” in team that should convert to “We” vernacular”, says Sherri Henley, Founder and CEO of BOCI.

English: There are no symbols that represent s...

English: There are no symbols that represent skepticism. This is one symbol that can be used to represent skepticism, skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, critical inquiry, and truth-seeking. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ask Yourself These Questions…

  1. “Would I want to be trapped in a fox hole with a teammate that thinks like me?”  
  2. “Would I want my colleagues to overhear my unspoken ‘intentions’?”

If you answered yes…then…congratulationsyou are the “We” in TEAM.  Otherwise…you are a weak link that needs to repair your thinking to uphold the goals of the entire unit.

“How Do I Change My Thinking?”

…you may ask.  Your mindset is embed in your being. You must input specific code (out with the old…in with the new) to revise your thinking turned behavior that becomes contagious.  We find contagious behavior exhibited on both sides of the coin; positive and negative.

Begin “Changing Your Mind”

…by reading books by authors; Bob Burg, Shelley Baur, Loretta McNary, Ed Horrell and Ivan Misner…to name a few excellent resources for professional and personal development.

This is a "thought bubble". It is an...

This is a “thought bubble”. It is an illustration depicting thought. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Time to Check  Yourself!

Take  Introspective Inventory of How Well You are Operating as a Team Player:

  1. Do I consider the other person?
  2. Do I listen to concerns of the team even when I offer a different opinion?
  3. How well am I connecting with teammates?
  4. Do I view change as an opportunity to evolve?

Sherri Henley is an individual and corporate trainer/speaker who works with professionals who want to optimize their business through social media, educational exchange and networking events.  For booking information contact BOCI Headquarters at 901-820-4469 or email connect@businessovercoffee.biz – Get your BOCI complimentary profile today!

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