Last Sunday I was at a photoshoot for the fitness company New Vybe when the founder send something impactful: “This isn’t about me, this is about the team.”
You’ve all heard that cliche: “There’s no I in team.” I’m sure you’ve also heard the counter to that: “But there’s a me.” Unfortunately, a team with too much me often falls apart.
The thing is, there has to be a “me” in team. In great teams, each member is unique in some way. Each member has something of value to bring to the table that no one else does. The purpose of a team is not to suppress that but enhance it. Great teams draw upon the power of their individuals.
But go too far in that direction of individualism, and you not only lose the team element, you can destroy the creativity and productivity that each member is capable of producing on his or her own.