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John Maxwell - 17 Essentials Of A TeamPlayer

John Maxwell - 17 Essentials Of A TeamPlayer

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A summary of John C. Maxwell's 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player
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The 17 Essential QualitiesOf A Team Player
Becoming The Kind Of Person Every TeamWants
ByJohn C. Maxwell
Published By Thomas Nelson Publishers 2002ISBN 0-7852-7435-9156 pagesBusinesssummaries.com is a business book summaries service. Every week, itsends out to subscribers a 9- to 12-page summary of a best-selling businessbook chosen from among the hundreds of books printed out in the United States.For more information, please go tohttp://www.bizsum.com.
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The Big Idea
A follow-up companion reader to The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, here is a clearcharacter profile of the ideal Team Player. Maxwell stresses some main qualities of a good teamplayer: intentional, or she is focused on the big picture, relational, focused on others, selfless,willing to take a backseat for the good of the team, and tenacious – works hard to overcomeobstacles, no matter what.
1. AdaptableIf you won’t change for the team, the team may change you
Quincy Jones was the first African-American to hold a high position in a record company asexecutive. People around him always say he has a strong hunger to learn new things. Fromhis early days as a musician, he strived to learn as many instruments as possible, thenclimbed up the ladder at Mercury Records, and from there went into producing films, showsfor television, and publishing the magazine Vibe. He has worked with the world’s top talentsincluding Michael Jackson and Ray Charles. In all his endeavors, he adapts to the personand the situation to create a win-win all around.Characteristics of team players with adaptability:
They are highly teachable. This means they are willing to learn and adapt to newthings.
They are emotionally secure. They do not feel threatened by a new addition tothe team, or a change in the way things are done.
They are creative. Really creative people don’t fear doing something different.
They are service-minded individuals. They focus less on themselves and think ofthe good of the team.How do we become more adaptable?
Get into the habit of learning. Try to learn something new everyday.
Reevaluate your role on the team. Maybe you could fill another role better than yourcurrent one.
Think outside the lines. Look for unconventional solutions. Be creative andresourceful when faced with a challenge.
2. CollaborativeWorking together precedes winning together
Collaboration is the key word when it comes to meeting challenges as a team. Cooperation ismerely working together agreeably, but collaborating means working together moreaggressively. Every team player must bring something more to the table, and not just put inhis minimum required work.A collaborative team player needs to change in four key areas:PerceptionA team player must see his teammates as collaborators, not as competitors. Their skills andtalents must complement one another, rather than be made to compete against each other.Competition within the team will only hurt the team.Attitude
 
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Be supportive, not suspicious, of your teammates. Always assume another person’s motivesare good unless proven otherwise. If you trust people, it naturally occurs that you will treatthem better, and a collaborative spirit will grow within your team.FocusConcentrate on the team, not yourselfThink of progress as a relay race, where you must pass the baton onto your next teammate.Do not ask “What’s in it for me?” but rather “What does this do for the team?”ResultsCreate victories through multiplicationRemarkable results can be achieved when you harness the skills and talents of all yourindividual team members. Several heads are always better than one.To be a collaborative team player…
Think win-win-win.
Complement others and their unique gifts.
Take yourself out of the picture. Stop promoting yourself and ask how the teamwould do if you were not in it, propose ideas that will not involve yourparticipation but will promote other teammates.
3. CommittedThere are no halfhearted champions
Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, was so committed to his research that he not onlytested the new vaccine on healthy volunteers, he had himself, his wife, and his three sonsinoculated as well. He was so dedicated to helping humankind fight the polio virus, he did notpatent the vaccine so the whole world would be able to benefit from it.
Commitment usually is discovered in the midst of adversity. Committed peopledon’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’seasier to keep.How does a teamplayer improve his level of commitment?
Tie your commitments to your values. Make a list of personal and professionalcommitments. Articulate your core values and then compare your lists. Commityourself 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 fromuncommitted people.

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