Winning Through Teamwork

Friday, February 24, 2017

In the popular TV series, the A-Team gets the better of their adversaries and sends them packing with a parting shot- “next time, don’t get a squad, get a good team”. When Liverpool Football Club of England lost the Champions League Finals to AC Milan, the coach Rafa Benitez said “we lost to a better team”. Lawyers attribute their success in court to their legal team, doctors to their medical team and even politicians to their team of advisers. An outstanding player in a sports team usually attributes his success on the field of play to the efforts of his teammates. Life is a team sport.

Your success in life depends largely on those you include on your team; knowingly or otherwise. They could make or mar you. In any game, each player has a definite position to play and a particular task to handle. His ability to execute his task perfectly well is vital to the overall success of the team as it is only as strong as its weakest link. The defender in soccer must ensure that he marks the dangerman he is assigned to as a moment of distraction may give the match to the opponent.

Many make the mistake of placing their entire hopes on a teammate. This is not ideal. Inasmuch as you must rely on your teammate, you must never overestimate his abilities or for that matter underestimate those of your adversaries.

You must map out the areas in your life which need to be covered for you to succeed and go about getting people to fill those positions. These people must not just fill; they must man those positions well and must have the overall collective goal in mind as the guiding principle for all their actions.

Each must understand that one of all will take a lot of credit but each team member is as important as the other. Sacrifice is a keyword in team sport. Each person must be ready to sacrifice for the overall benefit of the team.

As I mentioned in an earlier article (Winning: Never Too Late) “If you can understand the spirit behind success in sports, you can understand the spirit behind success in life generally and live a fulfilling life”.

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