October 21, 2021

Or apart


Some people are great individual players. They work well on their own, are productive, focused, add value that others couldn’t and continue to delight with all that they do. And all is good with the world. Think pole vault. Think sprinter. Think tennis.

What makes them great in one context can actively undermine them and all around them in another. Individualists aren’t necessarily team players. And that’s ok, so long as they’re not involved in or can undermine the team.

The problem comes when you bring in a lone ranger and put them in the middle of a team sport. Without listing the seventeen thousand ways they can impact the performance of the whole, for better or worse, the only questions that really matters are, are they a negative force on the team?, are we better together, or apart?

Skippy strategy: In a team, every player has to add value.