The belief that one person can do something great is a myth.

In his book “The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork”, John Maxwell says “As much as we admire solo achievement, the truth is that no lone individual has done anything of value.  The belief that one person can do something great is a myth.  There are no real Rambos who can take on a hostile army by themselves.  Even the Lone Ranger wasn’t really a loner.  Everywhere he went he rode with Tonto!  Nothing of significance was ever achieved by an individual acting alone.  Look below the surface and you will find that all seemingly solo acts are really team efforts.”

As this week draws to a close, perhaps it’s worth considering the people who helped form us, who helped get us where we are, and who form part of the team that allows us to achieve what we do.

I’m grateful for the people who support my life in ways that allow me to do what I do.  The people I draw on to expand my thinking.  Those in search of similar things, who want to share conversations.  Those who challenge me and push me to address hard things and to leave my comfort zone.  I’m grateful for those I know I can call at a moment’s notice for input or a helping hand.  I’m grateful for those with a growth mindset who know that investing in their team is the only way forward.  I’m grateful for strong leaders who stand for what they believe in regardless of outside opinion.  Those who are also graceful enough to know when to shift their stance and honour others.

How will you invest in your team today, this weekend or on Monday.  Who are the other cogs that help your purpose turn over?

by Christen Killick

July 13th, 2018

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