“There is no ”I” in “Team,” is an ego-less approach to productivity. Yet “Ego” by it's definition is merely self awareness. Its when egos get out of balance that they become an issue. Egos out of balance create animosities and stifle the less aggressive members of any team. Self Awareness is however imperative for any team's success. Those who live for the team can lose themselves and hinder the team progress. Codependent relationships always weaken the individuals involved. Successful relationships depend on each person being the full expression of themselves.
Friedrich Nietzsche, said that if you want a successful relationship foster the friendship first. In my life I have many friends. I know that If I want my computer worked on I go to my friend Tim. If I want a Musical written I go to my Friend Maia. My friends individual strengths have created a network of team members that can get anything done. Because they are my friends, we treat each other as friends, and never think about if one or the other is “better.” The “No I” team must first foster the friendships and realize they are united on a singular mission. They must then make sure that they individually are at the top of their game and that takes personal accountability.
I can hear some now saying ,”this is business not friendship.” We live is a world where the average lifespan of a job is less than four years. For teams to be successful they must remain intact long enough to become effective. For that to happen, the team dynamic must be positive. Equality must be based in the idea that each team member brings unique skills and knowledge to the team. Those skills and assets must be celebrated and not coveted or envied.
There is no “I” in “Team,” is a true statement. There is a silent ”I” in successful teams, because each team member is self aware of the individual strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others. Each must accept they are accountable for making sure that they are not the weak link that topples the team. Personal accountability and growth is the silent “I” in “Team.”