Everyone has a team. Who is your team? Now, I ask you as you read that question, who or what came to mind? Maybe you thought of your work team? Maybe you thought of your family, or a group of friends? Anyone out there on a sports team and that is who you thought of? You might not even be on a sports team, but you are just a huge fan of a particular team. (In case you don’t know, it’s the Dallas Cowboys, for me!)
Really what I want to talk about is those teams of which you are an active part. You contribute – they contribute…you interact together for a common purpose. Who is your team? How do you use your team to improve your own situation? Every team has multiple members, sometimes formal and sometimes informal, and each usually play a role. Hopefully your team helps you be stronger – and you help them be stronger, too.
These days we all talk about networking. Business networking, personal networking…I think I hear something about networking every day. I know I said it myself at least 4 times today! When you think about it, networking is just a chance to expand your team. And, it is perfectly fine to have many teams of which you are a part.
Once someone is on your team, how do you engage with them? Are you telling them what they need to know for the team to be stronger and more successful? Are you putting is as much work on the team as the other team members – giving as good as you are getting? Do you remember to show appreciation for your different team members and how they help you or the team?
Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” So, when thinking about your life, take a moment today to appreciate your team – or your teams – and how you are helped along the way.
And, if you are on one of my teams, I thank you very much!
Amy Ruth - On Twitter @alruthHR