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Who’s on Your Team?

Posted By: Randy GageJuly 29, 2009

How well do you work with teams?  I must admit, I’ve always been a loner.  I play for the team in softball, but usually go it alone in business and most other areas in life.

Lately I’ve been re-discovering the joy of working with a strong team, focused on a single vision.  And what a joy it is.

Working with a team can actually make you stronger.  You develop leadership skills.  You have to release control tendencies.  And you discover the joys and creative stimulus of collaboration.

So where should you be working as a team now?

-RG

8 comments on “Who’s on Your Team?”

  1. Yes Teamwork. There is no I in Team and the truly successful people in NWM build massive teams. As you point out Randy and to use a broad sweeping generalization men in general are not conditioned for teams. In school I wrestled, golfed and bowled, And allthough there is a team concept for overall winner you're on the mat or field playing against your opponent. I was in the Army and quickly became proficient at using cover and being the "sniper" once again part of a Team or Platoon with a certain subset of skills that set me apart from the others. I went on to become a nurse and gravatated for years to working at night which left me in an autonomous role and as most doctors are asleep I'd call one if I needed 1 which was not very often.

    So then you expand your horizons ans join a NWM program and
    you gring at the party plan invitations or the hotel meetings. The Lone Ranger (me) is in town and he's ready to clean-up any problems and sponsor individuals like mad because the competition is with one's self. And all this self-sufficiency leads to self-destruction because you're not duplicatable. People see the RN and think they need a degree. People listen into some 3 way calls and think the skill set is unlearnable. You wind up being a grinder as you refer to it Randy. I'm cranking out calls in July to recruit new people to replace thuse that quit in June because they can never see themselves doing the business the Lone Ranger way.

    But the Lone Ranger did have his sidekick Tonto who would scout the trail and let Tonto know that other riders had been down that road earlier and if the Lone Ranger is lucky enough to read a couple books and listen to Tonto and put the ego and proficiency away and work with a team with a common goal and vision yes Randy that can be a most joyful time which comes out of true personal development and practicing the Laws of Prosperity such as: Love and Good Will, Charm and Health and Prosperous Thinking

    Vince Lombardi said it best; "Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." I've found that group and it's alot of fun.

  2. Funny how reading the comments written by Craig Davis, reminded me of my past life.
    when he mentioned his life at school, I never played any team sport, instead was competing with others in orienteering, later cross-country skiing, running marathons; those are typical sports where you end up alone as soon as you are out of the starters, and you even do your best to disappear from the radar...so you can progress unseen.
    then I studied Medicine and paid for it by working nights as a nurse, again you learn to do everything alone, or with a reduced to the minimum team, say 2 or 3.
    I also discovered climbing and hiking, where you definitely don't meet the crowds,...and to crown it all, I worked for 25 years as a lonely general practitioner, where you sit at a desk and think (or like to think!) that you are helping another person (one at a time) regain his/her health.
    Now all those activities are not useless, they taught me to carry on when the easy way out would have been to quit, they also come with the huge gratification of reaching the summit, the goal, the end of the shift...
    All this has changed when I found Network Marketing in the shape of the company I work with now. I had everything to learn, and you know it's great. You feel like you have another lease of life !
    which is handy when you have a wonderful and young family to watch expand.
    reading the posts made by Randy and listening Eric Worre's NetworkMarketingPro.com is always a well for new thoughts to take shape.
    Thank you then to all of you who leave a trace of your passage on Randy's spot.

  3. I, too, am pretty much a loner- though I have learned recently that it's more to due to my "sensitivity" to my environment, meaning I can get very overloaded very fast. That has been the most beautiful part of network marketing- the ability to be part of a positive team working towards a same goal.

    LOL- I love the saying "there is no I in team"...my response is "no I, but there is an E & M which spells me, so theres no team without ME." I just smile then walk away.
    namaste'

  4. I am working on a couple of teams and seem to be a natural leader. I really enjoy the collaborative efforts and when we accomplish the goal, the Joy that comes along is amazing!

    What I think is important in teamwork is to allow the players to contribute regardless how small. Acknowledgment of contribution is very important as is being the leader. As Stephen Covey says in "7 Habits".. 'Managers and their staff hack their way through the business or task jungle. Leaders are up in the trees looking down and in some cases saying 'wrong jungle!'.

    Thanks Randy.

  5. participating in Teamwork is both Humbling and Edifying
    Humbling; because when we work as a team we discover the strength in others that we do not have:
    Edifying; because we know with our gift we can contribute to the team.

  6. Oh GOd- that team thing again 🙂

    I met bob Proctor a hile back - and he did this intuitive game with me - and said - "you have hundreds of busines ides. All good. Only you need to get your team to create them, and bring them into being."

    I was like... TEAM? My TEAM? I don't have a team... what do you mean?

    He said: "you do - a massive team, all waiting for you to lead them!"

    Masters first complete end of summer... and then... write book, then TEAM! 🙂

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  • 8 comments on “Who’s on Your Team?”

    1. Yes Teamwork. There is no I in Team and the truly successful people in NWM build massive teams. As you point out Randy and to use a broad sweeping generalization men in general are not conditioned for teams. In school I wrestled, golfed and bowled, And allthough there is a team concept for overall winner you're on the mat or field playing against your opponent. I was in the Army and quickly became proficient at using cover and being the "sniper" once again part of a Team or Platoon with a certain subset of skills that set me apart from the others. I went on to become a nurse and gravatated for years to working at night which left me in an autonomous role and as most doctors are asleep I'd call one if I needed 1 which was not very often.

      So then you expand your horizons ans join a NWM program and
      you gring at the party plan invitations or the hotel meetings. The Lone Ranger (me) is in town and he's ready to clean-up any problems and sponsor individuals like mad because the competition is with one's self. And all this self-sufficiency leads to self-destruction because you're not duplicatable. People see the RN and think they need a degree. People listen into some 3 way calls and think the skill set is unlearnable. You wind up being a grinder as you refer to it Randy. I'm cranking out calls in July to recruit new people to replace thuse that quit in June because they can never see themselves doing the business the Lone Ranger way.

      But the Lone Ranger did have his sidekick Tonto who would scout the trail and let Tonto know that other riders had been down that road earlier and if the Lone Ranger is lucky enough to read a couple books and listen to Tonto and put the ego and proficiency away and work with a team with a common goal and vision yes Randy that can be a most joyful time which comes out of true personal development and practicing the Laws of Prosperity such as: Love and Good Will, Charm and Health and Prosperous Thinking

      Vince Lombardi said it best; "Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." I've found that group and it's alot of fun.

    2. Funny how reading the comments written by Craig Davis, reminded me of my past life.
      when he mentioned his life at school, I never played any team sport, instead was competing with others in orienteering, later cross-country skiing, running marathons; those are typical sports where you end up alone as soon as you are out of the starters, and you even do your best to disappear from the radar...so you can progress unseen.
      then I studied Medicine and paid for it by working nights as a nurse, again you learn to do everything alone, or with a reduced to the minimum team, say 2 or 3.
      I also discovered climbing and hiking, where you definitely don't meet the crowds,...and to crown it all, I worked for 25 years as a lonely general practitioner, where you sit at a desk and think (or like to think!) that you are helping another person (one at a time) regain his/her health.
      Now all those activities are not useless, they taught me to carry on when the easy way out would have been to quit, they also come with the huge gratification of reaching the summit, the goal, the end of the shift...
      All this has changed when I found Network Marketing in the shape of the company I work with now. I had everything to learn, and you know it's great. You feel like you have another lease of life !
      which is handy when you have a wonderful and young family to watch expand.
      reading the posts made by Randy and listening Eric Worre's NetworkMarketingPro.com is always a well for new thoughts to take shape.
      Thank you then to all of you who leave a trace of your passage on Randy's spot.

    3. I, too, am pretty much a loner- though I have learned recently that it's more to due to my "sensitivity" to my environment, meaning I can get very overloaded very fast. That has been the most beautiful part of network marketing- the ability to be part of a positive team working towards a same goal.

      LOL- I love the saying "there is no I in team"...my response is "no I, but there is an E & M which spells me, so theres no team without ME." I just smile then walk away.
      namaste'

    4. I am working on a couple of teams and seem to be a natural leader. I really enjoy the collaborative efforts and when we accomplish the goal, the Joy that comes along is amazing!

      What I think is important in teamwork is to allow the players to contribute regardless how small. Acknowledgment of contribution is very important as is being the leader. As Stephen Covey says in "7 Habits".. 'Managers and their staff hack their way through the business or task jungle. Leaders are up in the trees looking down and in some cases saying 'wrong jungle!'.

      Thanks Randy.

    5. participating in Teamwork is both Humbling and Edifying
      Humbling; because when we work as a team we discover the strength in others that we do not have:
      Edifying; because we know with our gift we can contribute to the team.

    6. Oh GOd- that team thing again 🙂

      I met bob Proctor a hile back - and he did this intuitive game with me - and said - "you have hundreds of busines ides. All good. Only you need to get your team to create them, and bring them into being."

      I was like... TEAM? My TEAM? I don't have a team... what do you mean?

      He said: "you do - a massive team, all waiting for you to lead them!"

      Masters first complete end of summer... and then... write book, then TEAM! 🙂

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