April 17, 2012
Are you a team player? What about when things aren’t going that great?
Are you an “All In” person that goes “All Out” for the team regardless of what others say, do or think?
There are four steps to becoming the kind of collaborative team player that helps the team enjoy success. It doesn’t just happen. It takes effort.
Here’s what you have to do …
Get the right perception
Do you see what the team does as collaboration and not a competition? Do you help others strive for more? Completing one another is far more important than competing against each other. You want to be so good that you irritate the rest of the world with your wins, successes and the life you enjoy.
Attitude has to be right
Do you trust your teammates? Do you put faith in them? If you can’t do those two things, it won’t work! Work together not against each other. Show support instead of having wild suspicions. When a teammate messes up, be willing to forgive and move on. If you mess up, own up to it and move on. When an athlete makes a bad play, a lot of times he’ll say, “My bad.” That’s all he needs to say. It’s over. It’s time to make the next play … NOW! If you trust your teammates, you will treat them better and they will cooperate more with you.
Focus on team
There is no “I” in team! If you don’t believe the TEAM is greater than “me,” it’s time to get an attitude adjustment. It’s not “me” or “I,” it’s US!!! How can you serve the team? When somebody asks for help, you step up. You are focused on the team.
True progress is like a relay race. You might start the race, but you don’t run the whole thing alone. At some point, you pass the baton to your teammate and you cheer him or her on. If you look at team sports, the fastest way to be successful is by passing the ball, puck, etc. around with your teammates. If you “hog the ball” you can’t score as fast. The defense will smother you! Your teammates will resent you over time.
TEAM > ME or I ALWAYS!!!
Produce the results
When the team wins, everybody wins. Everybody is happier. The team shares the victory. It gets multiplied because it’s shared with others. That’s when people start making money while they are making money. Success leads to SUCCESSes!!! The championships come through multiplication of wins. It becomes contagious. The team starts expecting to win every game. Success breeds success. I talk about this when I host rotation meetings and you should too!
Prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, Ben Franklin – one of our nation’s founding fathers and the father of invention – said, “Gentleman, we must all hang together or we shall most assuredly all hang separately.”
Franklin knew his TEAM of patriots had to stick together or “hang together” in the fight to break free from the British or they would ultimately lose and be hanged one by one by a rope.
Franklin approached all tasks with a gusto that allowed him to invent things that we still use today. He would ask “What’s hard to do?” Then, he would set out to make things easier. He always wanted to find ways to make life more useful, practical and BETTER! He surrounded himself with people that pushed him to help people, America … the TEAM! Ben Franklin was a team player!
Long, long, long before Ben Franklin, a guy named Paul also knew what it meant to be a team player. In Acts 27:30-44, Paul basically said to call the centurion so people wouldn’t get out of the ship. Paul knew the only way his “team” was going to make it out alive was if the “team” paddled together. Without everybody’s help, they would drown.
How’s that for an “All In” mentality? Paddle together or the ship is going down! Teamwork, dividing up tasks and working together can make all the difference in the world. Doing that leads to multiple successes.
We all have to be in the boat and we all need to paddle. If you ain’t paddling, somebody is going to get a big stick and beat some sense into you and people that don’t understand that. Divide up the task and you can get twice as much done.
It’s a team thing. Holding big events takes teamwork. Host weekly rotations takes teamwork. We are looking for team players.
The quality needed most in this period of growth at National Agents Alliance is collaboration. That’s what it’s going to take to reach the next level.