Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Team Player – Part 1

Team Player – Part 1

Do you have the essential qualities of a great team player?
Great players win games, a great team wins championships.
Are you playing your game to the best of your abilities?
Photo: Fired up soccer. Olivet college vs Albion college.
Here are some qualities of a great player?

1.      Adaptability. Great team players are adaptable and don’t get bent out of shape. Do you have the confidence and the discipline to master your skills and abilities? Are you teachable, emotionally secure, and creative to serve your team? Develop the habit of learning and play your role the best of your ability.
2.      Collaboration. Collaboration amplifies your efforts. Are you collaborating with your teammates or are you competing for being the MVP? Focus on the team by being supportive of your teammates. Forget yourself and complement your teammates.
3.      Commitment. Total commitment to your team leads to victories. Your commitment is shown by your performance when the team needs you to score. How easy is it for you to surrender during a difficult play? Like attitude, total commitment is a choice. You will never regret by taking a risk to do your best.

4.      Communication. Communicate with your teammates before, during, and after the games. A great communicator builds trust. Be candid, quick, inclusive, and positive.

5.      Competency. Commit to excellence. Master the fundamentals of your role. Are you paying attention to the details so you can play your part when the team needs you?

6.      Dependability. Can your team count on you when you are really needed? Take full responsibility to play your role. Do you have the right values and motives? Are you fully accountable to the coach? Deliver what you promise and what is expected of you.

7.      Discipline. Discipline turns talents into abilities. Do you have the discipline to do what you don’t want to do so you can do what you really want to do. Discipline your thoughts, emotions, and actions so you can have the results your team deserves. Do the right things at the right time for the right reasons. Reframe from criticism. Don’t react, respond. Between stimulus and response we have the freedom to choose how we respond to every situation.

The purpose of the 7 Daily Nuggets is to teach us what we need to know to live a prosperous life; the things that we may not have learned or are not currently learning in church, school, home or at work. Let’s apply what we learn here and share these nuggets with others. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

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