There Is No ‘I’ in a Team

There Is No 'I' in a Team

There Is No ‘I’ in a Team

We spend 90% of our lives at work. Specifically, people who work in the corporate sector, spend more time at their offices than at home.

The success of a corporation is based on a very famous concept ‘there’s no ‘I’ in a team!”

It is true, both literally and figuratively.

The spelling of the word, ‘team’ does not accommodate the letter, ‘I’. Likewise, the values of a team promote that an individual should not put too much emphasis on themselves while they are working in a particular team especially at work.

However, does this expression only apply to our work? Is this the extent of this beautiful saying?

The answer is no!

Let’s find out how through a real-life experience!

Charles Plumb was a US fighter-jet pilot in Vietnam. Before he was shot down, he had participated in 75 combat missions. When he was shot down, he had saved his life by ejecting at the right time and using the parachute packed up in his plane.

He had then spent 6 years in a Vietnamese prison. He had survived that time somehow and returned to the US as a war hero.

One day, a man recognized Plumb in a bar. “You’re the pilot that was shot down in Vietnam!”

As surprised as Plumb was, he was also quite used to people approaching him and praising him for his brave actions in the war. Nevertheless, he was curious to know how the man knew him, since they had never met before.

“Yeah, but how do you know that?” He answered the man then finally asked him the question that had been nagging him.

“I packed your parachute!” The man answered excitedly. He shook hands with Plumb and added, “I guess it worked!”

Plumb re-assured him that it had, otherwise, he wouldn’t be here. He thanked him and the man walked away from him as if they had never been a part of each other’s lives.

However, when Plumb thought over it, he realized that if that man hadn’t done his job right, Plumb wouldn’t be alive today!

In a team, there is really no, ‘I’. The team works because it works for one another and for the common goal that it is after. Plumb had never given much thought to the people who took care of his jet, who prepared his parachute, who made things happen for him before and after he flew.

He had always considered himself as the most important part of their unit. However, in the moment he had discovered that this man had packed his parachute, he had realized that in Plumb’s life, the most important part had been played by this man!

If each of us contributes to our teams, our groups, our communities and our societies in a way that we put our common objective before ourselves, we can truly see the effect of the word, ‘team’ in each of our lives!

Try to lose ‘I’ from your dictionary. Begin using ‘We’ as much as you can and experience the difference!


“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.”  ~ Idowu Koyenikan

A Selection of Teamwork Quotes

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” ~  Helen Keller

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” ~ Michael Jordan

“Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they’re doing it because they care about the team.”  ~ Patrick Lencioni

“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.”  ~ Idowu Koyenikan

“Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.”  ~ Patrick Lencioni

“Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable.”  ~ Chris Bradford

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Packing Your Parachute

The Wolf & the Kid

The Wolf & the Kid

The Wolf & the Kid

There was once a young kid whose growing horns made him think he was big enough to look after himself. One evening, while he was lazily grazing in the pastures with his herd, his mother called him out to tell him that the flock was leaving since it was getting dark.

In his arrogance, the young goat did not pay heed to his mother and continued to nibble on the tender grass. A little while later, he lifted his head up to see that the herd was gone. He was all alone in the pasture! The sky has grown dark and the chilly evening wind has started to blow.

The kid shivered as he thought of all the stories his mother had told him about the deadly wolves that roamed these pastures at night! He started to run in the direction that his flock had gone in but on his way, near a clump of trees, he spotted a wolf.

The wolf had been looking for a meal all day. He was tired and hungry. The sight of a lonely kid in the open pasture was a delight. His mouth was already watering at the sight of a lovely dinner!

The wolf had his eyes for the kid and the kid knew there was little hope for him now. There was no way that he could outrun a wolf! As the wolf came near, the kid pleaded, “Mr. Wolf, I know you are going to eat me and I can’t stop you from doing that but will you please fulfill my last wish?”

Intrigued by the unusual request, the wolf inquired what the last wish of the kid was. In a trembling voice, the kid said, “Can you please pipe me a tune before eating me? I want to dance and be merry for one last time? I am sure even you would enjoy a little music before your dinner!”

The wolf agreed at once. He liked the idea of music in the cool, dark evening so he struck up a merry tune and the kid leaped and jumped to the music. The wolf was enjoying the music but little did he know that the evening wind would carry his piping to the flock of goats.

The Shepherd dogs immediately recognized the song that wolves loved to sing before a feast. They turned around at once and ran in the direction of the music. In no time, they were back in the pasture. The wolf’s song suddenly ended as he saw a group of Shepherd dogs running towards him.

As the wolf ran for his life, with the dogs on his heels, he thought in despair, “Alas! If only I had stayed focused, that kid would not have been able to fool me so easily by diverting my attention to such an irrelevant task. I would be having a feast right now, only if I didn’t get distracted!”

Now, take a second to reflect on your life and see if you are also missing out on major life opportunities simply because you are not focused or too tied up in irrelevant things. Learn to ignore the distraction and focus solely on your goal because that is the only way to success!


“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that.” ~ Earl Nightingale

A Selection of Focus on your Goal Quotes

“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.” ~ Joel Osteen

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.” ~ Bradley Whitford

“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.” ~ Leah LaBelle

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that.” ~ Earl Nightingale

“Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” ~ Anonymous

“Focus on your goal. Don’t look in any other direction.” ~ Anonymous

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