The Ideal Team Player

Great teams make things happen. And, great teams, have great players.

Recently a great team player left my team to pursue new things. It has me thinking about the ideal team player. There are lots of opinions, but mine is simple. The ideal team player seeks to support more than to be supported.

This kind of team member is the kind that always asks what they can do for you, rather than what you can do for them. They are thoughtful and kind but also willing to push back when they disagree.

The ideal team player thinks as my grandfather did. Until the end of his life, my grandfather would end every conversation the same way. He would say, “is there anything we can do for you?” The “we” he was referring to was him and my grandmother. She passed away years before he did, but until the day he died, he still considered them a team that could help the rest of the family. And, he wanted that team to end every conversation by trying to help someone else. That’s the kind of player I want on my team and the kind of team member I want to be.

What about you? What kind of team player are you? What kind of players do you have on your team? And, what can we all do to be better team players?

Great leadership reading from this week

This week I’m thinking about:

Podcasts are an amazing way to create massive amounts of content, make contacts that would otherwise ignore you, and build an audience. I’ll be writing more on this soon, but in the meantime, I host three podcasts, so if you want to give a listen, I won’t argue…

  1. Tech Talk Y’all - a podcast about this week’s tech news. We laugh a lot and share what is happening in the tech world. We also share weird and wacky articles that we find, and each episode has a tech recommendation.

  2. Real Pink by Susan G. Komen - this podcast is about breast cancer. It features inspiring stories like my interview with an Olympic athlete training while going through cancer treatment, interviews with doctors, and stories of hope.

  3. TogetherLetters - a podcast about the app we are building, how we are building it, and how the company is growing.

Other great reading from the week

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