Great teams steward the gifting of teammates well. Great teams don’t put all their eggs in one basket. When a game plan depends too heavily on a single gifted individual then the team will live and die with the fortunes of that individual. When one gifted person carries a team on his back, it defeats the purpose
It is the responsibility of each teammate to make sure they do their part to contribute and not become a consistent burden. If a teammate isn’t pulling their weight, then the team will have to work harder than they should. This is no problem over a short period of time if someone has an extenuating circumstance. If
Teammates will fall behind and will need to lean on other teammates from time to time. Great teams never allow a teammate to remain in the lagging state. They give that teammate a chance to self-correct. If self-correction doesn’t happen, then honest feedback must be given. Accountability is the difference between how a great team helps a
Every team knows who to trust with what responsibility. When someone joins a team, it’s important to have clear job descriptions so that each teammate can contribute by doing their part. What happens when someone on the team is lagging behind? Great teams will jump in and help that teammate. That’s what teammates do. It’s up to
Why is someone on the team? Is it because of their contribution or because of their relationships? The answer is both, but when someone’s competence or commitment holds the team back, a choice has to be made. This is evident when the responsibilities that were given to each member of the team have found their way to
Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. That old saying warns us to diversify our investments. Great teammates shouldn’t have a problem helping out another teammate. The danger comes when that help becomes expected and the less faithful and competent take advantage of the capacity of the faithful few. This is a huge morale killer
Teams exist because a group of people can accomplish more than any individual. Great teams understand this and make sure that the workload is spread between teammates. Ordinary teams allow the bulk of the tasks to fall to the faithful few while the rest get bailed out. It’s easier to just allow things to get done. The
Learning is something that must be treated as a process rather than an event. We all like graduations but those events are somewhat misleading because learning should never end at a graduation. Learning requires a humble diligence that doesn’t mind the constant falling down required if it means gaining the “get back up” that comes with it.
Not everything needs to be said. A great teammate understands when to speak and when to keep a comment to themselves. Our influence on our teammates is very much dependent on the timing of our words. There is no such thing as a right word at the wrong time. The truth may be the truth, but it
Every athlete at some time or another has been encouraged to leave it all on the field. It’s an encouragement to give your best effort. To leave the field without any regrets despite the outcome. This applies to life away from sports. I have noticed that it takes effort to say everything I should say every day.