What does ‘team’ really mean?

We have all heard that there is no ‘I’ in TEAM.

We have all been told that we need to ‘work collaboratively’ to get a project done.

We have all been told ‘don’t take it personal your teammates have your back’ when your TEAM doesn’t include you in an important collaborative decision.

But do we really work as a TEAM or are we each working for ourselves and ‘acting’ like a TEAM to get ahead?

I pose these thoughts to everyone after looking deeply at some recent project work. I find there are different types of folks in every team and I’m trying to determine how best to travel down the path without agitating to many of them to get to the end result. We need to consolidate efforts and just stop the BS. Therefore here is what I am finding.

There is ‘one-upping’- I’m better than you and have been here longer so I know all the answer attitudes. These type of folks need to just take a back seat and stop the madness. Help others don’t try to be everything to everyone it doesn’t help the cause.

There is the ‘wrings the face you are consistently wrong I’m going to go rattle and tell the boss attitude’- that doesn’t help anyone either. The tattler just makes everyone untrusting and unwilling to now share project work information. Stop with the consistent ‘run to boss for everything’ and deal with your own issues. Be one with the situation.

There is the ‘I don’t know how to do a process so I’ll ask everyone a different question try to gain your trust and then talk story behind your back about you’ person. Ok this person just needs to stop, listen, learn and for heavens sake the trash talking gets back to folks and others know who it came from so stop. Again, doesn’t help the team.

Then there is the elusive boss who doesn’t help the situation either. They tell everyone, ‘be a team player and be kind, be nice, everyone needs to collaborate or else’. Or else??? Leadership is helpful in all aspects of a project and when there is not a leader and there is no morale to go along with it because teammates are not willing to be kind to one another it makes it difficult to collaborate cohesively.

So what does TEAM really mean? There are a lot of theories out there but how are people getting through the daily grind when TEAM is really an I mentality?

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