Is there an “I” in Team?

I got this question once at school.
Back then I was too much influenced by common sayings and  responded immediately with “This should never be the case. A team is supposed to work together”.

At work I learned quickly that this wasn’t the case.
There was a team, yes.
But once a promotion of the project abroad had to be done, it was the project manager who was “the brain” behind it all. Thus, he/she stayed in a nice hotel including dinners with “important” people.

A few years later, when I just started the terrible job, I thought it was good to ask a senior colleague (who was also a Project Manager)  for some advice on how to execute a certain task.
“Oh Andrea, how do you think I did this entire project on my own? And you cannot do even one little thing??”. he responded.

Excuse me????
I didn’t care much for the part that apparently I couldn’t do that little thing, but what made me extremely angry was the zero recognition towards the entire team of the project.
This guy was one the most respected person in the office.
I started to believe this respect was more based on fear of him than anything else.

A few months later a friend asked me to help on a speech where he had to present how he, as an individual, made a project successful.
For his assignment it was not even allowed to speak in a Team form.

I started brainstorming.
In the end he never used it, so I just though I might share it on here.

They often say “There’s no “I” in Team”.
But there is.
A team consists of couple of Individuals:  a Project Manager, Admin lady, Technical nerd, the planner.
We’re each responsible for our own task.
Today I am going to explain to you how I contributed as a Financial expert within this project.

Ps. if you like, you can follow me on Instagram: Benkonator90

5 thoughts on “Is there an “I” in Team?

  1. I would say you are far more mature than your years… but then I realized you are far more mature than most people my age or those that are as older than me as I am older than you!… at least in this post!

    Great writing and a great lesson!

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    1. People oftem tell me I have the mind of a 60 year old. Lucky I have a baby face, haha.

      Thank you! I hope people can learn from my experience so they don’t have to go through it themselves 🙂


  2. I’ve heard (or read – I don’t remember) that there is no “I” in team, but there is an “M” and an “E”. 😊 Be the best team member you can, even though, unfortunately, not everyone else is good at that. You can be a to good team member on a good team, and still stand out as an excellent contributor. May you be successful in both roles, and be part of teams that also share that goal.


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