What Is The Difference Between Being on a Team Versus Being a Teammate?

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING ON THE TEAM VS.

BEING A TEAMMATE?

 

BEING ON THE TEAM:                               BEING A TEAMMATE:

 

— benefits your personal goals                 — benefits the goals and

   and ambitions                                               ambitions of your team

 

— can make you a bystander                     — teammates intervene in the

                                                                               lives and actions of their

                                                                               teammates

 

— involves personal effort                         — involves the efforts of every

                                                                              player

 

— means doing what is asked                   — is doing whatever is needed

   of you                                                               for the team to succeed

 

— can involve blaming others                   — involves accepting respons-

   and making excuses                                     ibility , accountability, and

                                                                                 ownership of the team’s

                                                                                problems

 

— makes you “me-optic”, asking               — makes you “we-optic”, asking

   what’s in it for me?                                       what’s in it for us?

 

— means being drawn together                — means being drawn together

   by common interests                                   by a common mission

 

— players draw energy from                     — players draw energy from

   emotion                                                           a commitment to each other

 

Adapted from Inside Out Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives– Joe Ehrmann- Simon & Schuster (2011)- pg. 150

 


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