Thursday, June 02, 2005

Teammates Sweet 17

Yesterday we had a sales meeting and were introduced to 17 qualities of a team player. Our boss said they were from a book by John Maxwell with his interpretations. To work for the corporate world now-a-days, one must be perceived as a "team player". However, these attributes are a good idea for any endeavor.

1. Adaptable: personal ridgidity won't cut it. You've got to become teachable, emotionally secure, creative and service minded as you adapt to new challenges.
2. Collaborative: working together precedes winning together. Mates work together agreeably. They add synergy to the team. They are supportive of team members not competitive. They concentrate on the team, not themselves. They multiply victories.
3. Committed: there are no half-hearted champions, it is a character quality and usually discovered in the midst of adversity. It is unconnected to talent unless you connect it. It is something you believe in and more likely to keep.
4. Communicative: A team is many voices with a single heart. Mates don't isolate themselves from others. Make it easy to keep in touch. Follow the 24 hr. rule. Not let the sunset...
Attend to more difficult relationships. Important communication should be written.
5. Competent: Committed to excellence and never settle for average. Pay attention to detail and perform with consistency.
6. Dependable: Teams go to Go-To Players. Motive should be pure, with responsibly sound thinking and consistent contribution.
7. Disciplined: Where there's a will, there's a win. It is doing what you don't want to do so you can do what you really want to do. Discipline can cover thinking, emotions and actions.
8. Enlarging: Adding value to teammates is invaluable. Put others before self. They value what teammates value. Make themselves more valuable through their actions.
9. Enthusiastic: This comes from your heart. Play all in, or...fake it. Take responsibility for your own enthusiasm. Don't wait for the feelings of enthusiasm to kick in, act your way into the feeling. Believe in what you do. Spend time with other enthusiastic people.
10. Intentional: Make every action count. Know what you are doing and why you are doing it. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Prioritize your responsibilities. Commit to long-term achievement.
11. Mission Conscious: Get the "Big Picture". Know where the team is going. Let the leader of the team lead. Place team accomplishment above personal. Do whatever necessary to achieve the mission.
12. Prepared: You can claim to be surprised once, after that, you're unprepared. Become a process thinker. Do continual research. Learn from your mistakes and let others learn from theirs.
13. Relational: If you get along, others will go along. You can't make other team member feel important if you secretly think they are nobodys. Respect and have share experience. Trust and have reciprocity and mutual enjoyment.
14. Self-Improving: Value it above self-promotion. There is nothing noble in being superior to someone else; become superior to your previous self. Prepare, contemplate and apply.
15. Selfless: There is no "I" in teamwork, (no we either) Be generous. Posturing and positioning for your own benefit will poison the team. Display loyalty. Value interdependence over independence.
16. Solution-Orientated: Don't find fault, find a remedy. "The majority see the obstacles, the few see the objectives: history records the successes of the latter, while oblivion is the reward of the former." Alfred Motapert Problems are a matter of perspective. ALL problems are solvable. Problems either stop us or stretch us.
17. Tenacious: Never, never, never quit. Give all that you have, not more than you have. Work with determination, don't wait for destiny. Quit when the job is done, not when you are tired. Bob


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