69A well functioning team is like a symphony, each part working in harmony with the rest. Unfortunately, some teams don’t work that way at all!

So, what can you do if you find yourself in the midst of a team that makes more noise than music?

The first step is always to consider how you can change your own behavior, attitude or level of participation. Ask yourself, “Am I fully engaged in this team right now?” After all, you choose to contribute – or hold back – at every moment.

If you are unhappy with your teammates, don’t wait for others to change or do their share; stop keeping track of who did what. Can you imagine a soccer player, stepping off the field after scoring a goal and saying, “That’s it! I’ve done my share, now it is your turn!” A group of people becomes a true team when every individual is willing to do more than his or her share.

The ability to be a supportive member of the team is something that carries over into so many areas of life: family life, marriage, friendships, sports, workplace dynamics, neighborhoods and community.

Over the coming week, notice the different teams that you are a part of, and pay close attention to the level at which you’re playing. Is it time to step up?

Ask yourself:

  • What does the team need from me?
  • How can I build more harmony among the team members?
  • Am I playing the best role I can – or am I settling for one that  feels safe?

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