The Big Idea (1st Series) Pt 2 by John C Maxwell

In the part 1 of this first series of the big idea, we said that a good team player is adaptable; i.e Highly teachable, emotionally secure, creative and service minded. Wee also mentioned that a good team player is also collaborative; there are four key areas a collaborative team player needs to change, i.e perception, attitude, focus and results.
In the Part 2 of the Big idea (1st Series), we shall continue with the Qualities of a good team player:
There are no halfhearted champions
Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, was so committed to his research that he not only tested the new vaccine on healthy volunteers, he had himself, his wife, and his three sons inoculated as well. He was so dedicated to helping humankind fight the polio virus, he did not patent the vaccine so the whole world would be able to benefit from it.
• Commitment usually is discovered in the midst of adversity. Committed people don’t surrender easily.
• Commitment does not depend on gifts or abilities.
• Commitment is the result of choice, not circumstance.
• Commitment lasts when it’s based on values. If it’s something you believe in, it’s easier to keep. How does a team-player improve his level of commitment?
• Tie your commitments to your values. Make a list of personal and professional commitments. Articulate your core values and then compare your lists. Commit yourself to living your values.
• Take a risk. Any commitment involves risk, at least you won’t have any regrets and “what ifs”
• Evaluate your teammates’ commitment. You can’t expect commitment from uncommitted people.
A team is many voices with a single heart
“Remember the Titans” is a film that celebrates the importance of communicating and getting along as a team. It is a true story of one of the first Southern football teams to have both black and white players on the same high school team. The story tells of how players learned to overcome deep racial prejudices, for the good of the team. Up to this day the people of Alexandria, Virginia speak proudly of the football team of 1971.
Communicative team players…
• Do not isolate themselves from others.
• Make it easy for teammates to communicate with them.
• Follow the twenty-four hour rule. This means never allowing a conflict to go unresolved for 24 hours. The same way many married couples don’t go to sleep without talking about a problem first.
• Give attention to potentially difficult relationships.
• Follow up important communication in writing. That’s why there are marriage vows and business contracts. Both parties must have a clear idea what is expected of each.
How do we improve communication?
• Be candid. Openness fosters trust. Speak truthfully but kindly and respectfully to your teammates.
• Be quick. Don’t sit on things. Address potential issues at the first opportunity.
• Be inclusive. Do not keep information from others, keep your teammates informed at all times. A friendly competition to motivate team players.
-The 17 Essential Qualities Of A Team Player Becoming The Kind Of Person Every Team Wants