He was right.
This overused "team" motivational quote, once meant to create community can be a wet blanket to the ambitious. It's often said to humble peak performers and to avoid rocking a boat crewed by the average. It's wrong. It's OK to be number one and proud of it, and every member of a high performing team wants to be.
Here's where you can find the "I" in a championship team.
- "I want to be the best"
- "I've got your back"
- "I don't want to come in second"
- "I'm proud of you, I'm happy to be your team mate"
- "I worked my butt off, and I'm going to celebrate a hard fought win"
- "I screwed up; I'm sorry"
And while we're listing vowels, you can also find a "U" in "TEAM".
- "You need to pull up your socks. You are letting us down."
- "You really pulled that one off...thanks!"
- "You are the best on this team, and we rely on you"
- "You can count on me"
- "You can do better"
"I" and the "U" together are the real team letters. "Can I help you?"
But a team is truly successful when we can humbly, and with trust ask of each other, "Will you help me?"