Why there should be an “I” in TEAM.

Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Blog | 1 comment

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I’ve been thinking about this whole concept of sacrificing the self for the team for a couple of days, and then the article below landed in my inbox this morning.

For years team building practitioners and leaders have been proclaiming that there should be no “I” in TEAM. I think it’s a concept that’s fundamentally flawed and the breeding place for conflict and discontent.

Basic psychology is clear on this… people will do things for their own reasons and primarily for themselves before thinking of others. That’s what Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is all about. It’s also the foundation for Self-Actualization.

Leaving the “I” out of results, implies socialism – and that’s why this article is so relevant…

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”.. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a C. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that.

Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?

1 Comment

  1. Ask yourself whether people think that Bill Gates did in the past and at present does what he is doing for philanthropy or to make as much money as possible. Bear in mind that No or Yes to both reasons is humanly impossible, unless the analyst is a lying cheat.

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