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Being On A Team vs. Being A Teammate

Being on the Team vs. Being a Teammate

Being on the team benefits your personal goals and ambitions.
Being a teammate benefits the goalsand ambitions of your team and your teammates.
Being on the team can make you a bystander.  
Teammates intervene in the lives and actions of their teammates.
Being on the team involves personal effort.  
Being a teammate involves the efforts of every player.
Being on the team means doing what is asked of you.  
Being a teammate is doing whatever is needed for the team to succeed.
Being on the team can involve blaming others and making excuses.
Being a teammate involves accepting responsibility, accountability, and ownership of the team’s problems.
Being on the team makes you “me-optic”, asking what’s in it for me?
Being a teammate makes you “we-optic”, asking what’s in it for us?
Sometimes players on the team are drawn together by common interests.
Teammates are drawn together by a common mission.
Sometimes players on a team like one another.
Teammates respect one another.
Sometimes players on a team bond together because of a shared background or compatible personalities.
Teammates bond together because they recognize every player is needed to accomplish the goal of the team.
Sometimes players on a team are energized by emotions.
Teammates energize one another out of commitment.
Excerpt From:   InSideOut Coaching: How Sports CanTransform Lives, written by, Joe Ehrmann