(This is Part 1 in the “There’s a Me in Team” series.)
We all understand the value of high performing teams, but beyond tacking up a “Teamwork” poster of ripped athletes row boat or handing out the Team Member of the Year gift card, how do we actually get there? My work involves getting individuals and teams to their maximum health so everyone brings their best, mission is achieved and personal happiness is the norm . Work and life do not need to be a fight to the death. In this series of posts, I’ll share some what I’ve learned and am learning that you can apply to your own journey.
Is the Old Saying Wrong?
Everybody’s heard somebody say “There’s no ‘I’ in team”, which I guess is meant to motivate us to selflessness in working together. If we subjugate our own health and well-being for the sake of the cause, we’ll have a winning combination, right? I laughed when I read someone’s Reddit post on the subject: “Yeah, there’s no ‘U’ either. So I guess if I’m not on the team, and you’re not on the team, nobody’s on the (expletive) team. The team sucks!”
Let’s take a shot at this. The reason there’s a Me in Team, is because an organization never gets healthier than its number one team–and a team normally doesn’t get much healthier than you. Or, in your case, “Me”. If the Me in your Team stinks, so goes much of the team. But if the Me in your Team is doing well, you actually do have a shot at this. Check this out:
You Have Influence
In GiANT Worldwide we call this the “5 Circles of Influence”. It’s a visual representation of where just about everybody, including you, has influence. Notice that SELF (“me”) is right smack dab in the middle, meaning that we have influence over ourselves. And notice there’s a subtle arrow that aims outward. Lots to unpack here, but right now let’s just understand that the healthier the middle is, the greater the likelihood that the successive circles are healthy, performing, and achieving mission.
So, stay tuned, hang in there, and be asking how an improved version of you could have an incredible impact in your team and your other circles of influence.