Playing on the soccer team is one lasting childhood memory. Loved playing in different positions to be a part of a team, the thrill of watching a soccer ball play in the November snow and the ability to know you’re working on something with other people.
The tasty halftime orange snack aside, somehow we lose the lesson of team work as we grow older. We become responsible adults who are able to take care of ourselves, our families and our own interests.
And yet, as many on the small business journey discover, having a close team is essential to help you grow and move beyond yourself.
- Teams reveal our blindspots.
Working with others brings accountability and conflict, that can sometimes reveal our own blindspots.
Whether it’s how we can be a better listener, work with people in a different way or need to grow into our own skin more, teams reveal our own growth edges to help us get to the next level.
2. Teams help us to see our hidden superpowers.
When I was a middle school student, I was convinced that I was meant to be a forward in soccer. That was, after all what I trained for and absolutely loved.
However, after one practice early on in the season, my coach suggested that I could be a better sweeper as I had the superpower to be able to be many places all at once.
I tried it and, after a few games, loved it.
Teams can help us discover our own unique superpowers that we don’t see inside of ourselves.
3. Teams push us to perform better.
We can go lone ranger for a little bit, we often will miss out on the benefits of authentic community and the growth that comes on the journey.
It’s the belief and belonging that comes from being a part of a team that pull us forward to do and be more on a team than we ever could alone.
Team practice, exercises and the ethos pulls us forward farther than we can go alone.
If you’re looking for a new team or to connect with someone to help take you to the next level, I’d love to chat with you.