The first time I heard the phrase, “There is no ‘I’ in team,” I was a sprightly little thing playing kickball in elementary school. Even during those formative years, we were encouraged to think in terms of the bigger team picture, and Coach McCord tried to make certain we all had a fair chance to have skin in the game. He stressed that we weren’t “individuals,” but part of a whole “team” working toward a common purpose.
But life’s much different from those days on the dusty playground. Fast forward a couple of decades. Although I understand where Coach was going with his analogy for us wee little second and third graders, the metaphor doesn’t always quite work in the real world.