Teamwork Wins Wimbledon

The Scottish nation recently rejoiced as Andy Murray hoisted the Wimbledon gentlemen’s trophy. The 70-year trophy drought had finally ended and the United Kingdom could forget about its economic woes for a few days.

In an emotional post-match interview Andy reflected on what it took to reach this pinnacle and said, “I surrounded myself with a great team who helped me to learn from my numerous mistakes along the way.” What a humbling admission from a hero in a sport that many see as a solo act.

I was reminded of the sage advise I was given years ago that “none of us is as strong as all of us.” What, then, makes a team player?

Please allow me to list a few thoughts and get your reaction to them…

  • Make each other be right not wrong
  • Look for ways to make new ideas work, not for reasons why they won’t
  • Don’t make negative assumptions about each other
  • Take pride in one another’s successes
  • Speak positively about one another at every opportunity
  • Maintain a positive mental attitude no matter the circumstances
  • Act with initiative and courage
  • Do everything with enthusiasm…it’s contagious!
  • Never give up. Keep calm and carry on.
  • Enjoy the journey

Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish-American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the steel industry in the late 19th century, reminds us that “it marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you can do alone.”

About Alex Pollock

Alex Pollock has been studying leadership effectiveness for more than 30 years. A former leader in environment, health and safety, and public affairs at The Dow Chemical Co., he learned that we all have leadership roles to play. He enjoys discussing new ideas and sharing practical ways we can all become better leaders.

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