There really are I’s in TEAM –

There really are I’s in TEAM

Hey, church leaders and college basketball fans! It's time for March Madness. I don't know about you, but I enjoy this part of the college basketball season. All the hard work these teams have put into getting to the championship tournament is amazing. What is even more amazing is how often a “Cinderella team” comes out of nowhere and surprises everyone…well, most everyone except themselves.

There are no I’s in TEAM.

I recently read a thought-provoking article by John Miller, author of QBQ, that refers to this as the “Great Teamwork Lie.”

My first reaction to reading this was, “Finally!” I have been a part of sports teams, ministry teams, business teams, etc. throughout my life. While this saying is cute, it has always left a weird impression on me. I know coaches are simply trying to combat against the ball hogs and narcissistic people who end up hurting the team, but what I have read in the QBQ book and materials has really revealed the true manner in which to keep a team focused on the success of the team.

Three questions Miller points out that we really need to focus on are:

  • “How can I elevate my performance?”
  • “What can I do to move the team forward toward the goal?”
  • “How can I support those around me?

The article also tells how the Butler University Bulldogs led by coach Brad Stevens have learned and apply the truths of QBQ. I really encourage you to read it as there is a lot more to it than what I have briefly shared. You can read the article here: Personal Accountability: The Teamwork Secret | QBQ!

You can also pick up a copy of the book QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life (this is an affiliate link)


What have you found to be helpful when building teamwork? Share your ideas in the comments below.


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About the Author

Steve's passion is to help ministers and churches do ministry in our new digital, social, mobile world at the speed of life through building a strong ministry infrastructure (minfrasTructure). With a background in church administration, Christian education, missions, and technology, he offers advice, tips, and tools through writing, blogging, speaking, online courses, consulting, and personal coaching.