Your Coach Was Wrong: There Is an “I” in Team

May 27, 2020

Your Coach Was Wrong: There Is an “I” in Team

My high school locker room was covered with the same motivational posters that hang in athletic facilities around the world: “Hard work beats talent.” “If you can believe it, you can achieve it.” And the perennial coaching favorite — “There is no ‘I’ in team.” While the intention of that axiom was right, I think the coaches were wrong. Teams are made up of a bunch of “I”s — individuals with unique personalities, skills and needs. On the field or in the office, a team performs at its best when the needs of the group are supported while also addressing the needs of each member. We need to think about the “me within the we.”

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