There was this game which we used to play during our childhood days; chose a word and then form as many words out of it as you can. The more words you got, the better.
I don’t know who came up with that game, and it sure would sound silly if I ask you to play it now!
And not because you wouldn’t have time for it, but you might be too sheepish to play such a naive game.
Are you really that busy or ashamed?
C’mon! I bet it’ll only take a couple of minutes. Alright! Alright! Five minutes at max.
I knew you’re too lazy to do that. No? Well, even if you did .. You would have come up with few of these.
Am | Me | At
Tea | Eat | Ate | Met
Team | Mate | Meta | Meat | Tame
You notice something odd there?
Me! There’s a “Me” which is odd. The ME which represents each one of us. The ME who is there in every team!
There is I in there as well, or I’ AM. But, I prefer not to use this “I” as it sounds to me bit self-centred and arrogant.
There are times when I should take the front seat, but not when it’s about the team.
So, you would have to jumble up yourself or break yourself to form ME, who drives the team.
Every word you make out of it could mean something so powerful, if you associate it with the team.
Every member is like a Meta data or Meta property of the team. They HAVE to work in conjunction or the whole machinery would wear and tear out, even before you know it.
The ME has to take care of my mate(s), that’s a British slang used to refer to a friend, a buddy, or a known person.
Me has to ask them if they have had something to eat or eat with them.
Me never tame(s) his mate(s), or offer someone as meat to step up.
You have to passionate, yet selfless. You have to be willing to learn, yet impart knowledge to others. You have to be successful as a team, yet achieve your own goals.
We all have some qualities and some weaknesses, and we look out for each other; otherwise it’s not a team we’re part of.
Otherwise it’s just AM who’s gonna take control. And when that happens, you know how ugly it could get.
Here’s another food for thought, do you work with a team or in a team?
Working in a team, is like working in silos where someone would tell you what to do and you do it; plain and simple. You don’t question, you don’t challenge, and you don’t push boundaries. Of course, you do work hard to achieve something, personal and/or professional.
However, working with a team is like holding everyone accountable and responsible. People have similar frequency and everyone works towards a common goal first.
Funny, how words, as small as these, could make a huge shift in perspective.
Whether you think – “I am part of the team” or “me who is in the team” or “me who makes the team” – the choice is yours, and so is the success of it!
It’s not easy, and it can take years to learn. Anyone who says he is a team player, ask them this – do you know how to break a team to make it work?
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