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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Yeah, yeah, the whole "no I in Team" thing...

How many times have you heard the phrase, "there's no I in Team"? We've all heard it said, or you used to, so many times that it's like chalk on a blackboard.

Then, there's the phrase with the follow-up: "There's no I in Team, but there is ME".


This last part of the phrase doesn't bother me at all. In fact, even though I've read others criticize it as saying the same thing as the first phrase, I kind of like the idea.

One of the points of Part I, if I may call it that, is that it's not about any one individual. It's the whole, "two heads are better than one" thing (here goes Bob's quoting again). Got it.

But when you look at your team, the one you're on or the one that you lead, YOU are in that team -- ME is there.

From participating in teams you know that there's rarely, if ever, total equity between team members. In fact, many of us can attest to be stuck with doing most of the work while other team members sit and watch.

So I leave you with this. There is ME in TEAM and as members of whatever team we're on, we need to bring our A game, be engaged and do our part. ME is there.


  1. There is also "MEAT" in team. That's why I serve hotdogs or hamburgers at every meeting.

    (you knew a comment like this was coming when you wrote the entry!).


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