“Contrary to popular belief, there most certainly is an ‘I’ in “team.” It is the same ‘I’ that appears three times in ‘responsibility.'” Amber Harding
I like to take it another step and say PERSONAL responsibility to the team.
Most people just don’t realize that every action that take effects others around them either positively or negatively. Rarely is there a neutral effect.
When you are a member of a team, you are expected to do AT LEAST your part. Even the littlest things can have a much greater impact on the big picture. (Also called , “The Butterfly Effect”)
Heck with butterflies, it’s my blog, I like sports metaphors and it is the NFL Playoff season, so here is another one.
As an offensive lineman, you miss a block on a play because you were a little tired from the play before. Your assigned player gets past you and hits your Quarterback causing him to fumble the ball, get picked up and returned by the defense for the game winning touchdown. Your team has now lost the game and a chance to move on, go to the next game and possibly a shot at winning the Super Bowl. That loss also cost your city another game and millions in dollars of revenue. Food, hotels, merchandise, etc.
All because you didn’t do your part for one play.
Oh, did I mention that your MVP Quarterback was injured on the hit and may not play next year? How many people will that impact?
Maybe I resort to overstatement, but sometimes it is needed to make a point.
Whether it is your professional or personal life, you are part of a team and your every action counts. It is meaningful. Make it count for the positive.
Everyday, every play.
It is your responsibility to the team in your life.