Monday, April 11, 2011

I is for...


What? There is no "I" in "Team". Or so I have been told off and on over the years. By people who were paid well to know what they were talking about.

Stuff and nonsense. Of course there is. There are N "Is" in "Team", where N ranges from 2 to the number of Individuals in the Team. (Sorry, I've worked for a statistician for the past four or more years - give or take - and it sort of rubs off.)

In my view, a team can only work effectively if each and every Individual brings whatever of her or his talents are required. I have to be fully present - as Me. Else I'm just a cog in someone's machine, interchangeable, easily replaceable. Fungible, as it were. (Now, that would have been a great "F" word!)

And cogs in a machine do not a team make. I could go into all sorts of sports metaphors here - but am very likely to be caught out by the second sentence. So, let's not do that. I'm not really a sportsy-kinda guy. But you get what I mean (he said, hopefully).

So, I is for Team. Otherwise you won't get the job done.


  1. What a great post for I! Agreed - there is no I in team. :)

    New follower from A-Z. Nice to meet you!

  2. There is no I in team, but there is a me. Got it.

  3. Hear hear for 'I'!!

  4. Alison: Glad you enjoyed the post

    Tim: :D Exactly

    Giggle: Thanks for stopping by

  5. Yes, I needs to be in team. No cogs allowed. :)

  6. What a great way to explain team. You are so right!

  7. Laura: Exactly right - anyway, this cog has slipped a few teeth (no longer plays well with others!) :D

    Doreen: Thanks for the comment, and for stopping by.

  8. If I am part of said team, then an "I" definitely is in it.

    meMeME :-)