It was a cold winter.
The hedgehogs, realizing the situation, decided to bunch together to keep warm.
However, the quills from each hedgehog pierced their next-door neighbors, so they decided to move apart.
But then they started to freeze and die alone, so they made the decision to cuddle back together and live with the little piercings caused by the close connection with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the group.
This allowed them to survive.
The success of any team – be it in sports or in business – is dependent on every person working toward a common goal.
The role of every team member, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is valuable to the team’s overall success.
Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally; it comes from what you do consistently.
It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
I always get a kick out of when someone refers to someone else as a self-made man or woman.
Let me tell you, there is no such thing. No one reaches their goals without the help of many others.
- Willingness to contribute. Is the person ready to put the team’s goals first? This doesn’t mean ignoring personal needs, but it does mean that team members must put their primary energy into contributing to the team so they can share in its success.
- Acceptance of roles. People on a team have specific jobs, tasks and roles. Although they should be willing to stretch themselves, they won’t be effective or helpful if they insist on going outside the boundaries of what the team needs from them.
- Eagerness to assist. On a team, no one can back off and say, “That’s not my job.” Look for people with a track record of pitching in to help wherever they’re needed as situations call for it.
- Identification with the group. Effective team members take pride from their association with the group. Find out what other teams, task forces, and committees a potential team member has worked on. How does he or she describe the experience?
- Responsible attitude. Everyone’s eager to share credit. Is your team made up of people willing to accept responsibility for failure? Look for people who can be honest about their mistakes and willing to learn from experience.