There’s no ‘I’ in team? There is if you want your team to succeed

If you played football as a child, you likely heard the coach say, “there’s no ‘I’ in team” only to have a cheeky young player chirp, “but there’s an ‘I’ in win!” Turns out, that youngster was onto something, as the team at Insights explains

If you played football as a child, chances are you heard the coach say, “there’s no ‘I’ in team", only to have a cheeky young player chirp, “But there’s an ‘I’ in win!”.

Turns out, that youngster was onto something.

At the CIPD’s Festival of Work last month, Dr Tanya Boyd, discovery learning architect at Insights, revealed the role the individual plays in building effective ecosystems and the impact of awareness, personal leadership, and being a team diagnostician on teams. 

“Hyper-collaboration is key,” said Boyd in her presentation. “It’s the diversity and variety of complementary capabilities coming together to solve a problem that creates success, not stability or longevity.”

In her talk, Boyd covered seven critical areas of team building and the role of awareness in team evolution. 

“Most people have less self-awareness than they believe,” explained Boyd. “It’s eye-opening to understand why we act as we do in different settings. Just as critical is developing ‘other-awareness’. This is awareness of others’ strengths, weaknesses, values, hopes and dreams.”

Understanding how each person likes to work and how these preferences interact with others’ preferences on the team will transform that team’s ability to succeed. 

If you missed Boyd’s talk or want to learn more about the impact of self-awareness on teams, keep reading.

Insights is a people development company that’s creating a world where people truly understand themselves and others and are inspired to make a positive difference in everything they do. Insights provides people development solutions that have helped companies around the world get the very best from their people, and that’s a journey that begins with self-awareness. To learn more, visit insights.com