Growth capsule: From “I” to “We” and “me” to “us”

Teamwork makes a dream work...
Oct 4 2021 · 4 min read

When I is Replaced by We, Illness Becomes Wellness !!

What does the above quote mean to say? Let’s go thoroughly into it.

The entire idea of “I” centered living, means that you are catering to your own needs and greeds. Your entire life is just about how much money you’ll earn, how big a mansion you’ll build for yourself, how many fancy cars you own, and so on.

With this lifestyle, you are actually quite a burden to society because you are taking up the resources meant for many people, and depriving them of their fair share.

In terms of social health, yes, this lifestyle is an illness.

Now, look at the exemplary lives of people who improved the lives of many others, using the resources they had. The improvement may be small, or huge, but the idea of service to society, that’s what matters.

In such a situation, you’re no longer a burden because you have learned the art of cohabitation on this planet. You have learned that resources belong to everybody and you will help as many as you can with the resources available to you. And this implies, there is a lot of wellness in the world due to the existence of such people.

Let’s relate it with one story to be clear with it...

Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each person a balloon. Each person was then asked to inflate it, and write their name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room…

The people were then let into that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written on it within two minutes.

Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.

At the end of the two minutes, no one could find their own balloon…

Then, the speaker asked each person to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.

Within minutes everyone had their own balloon… which shows the power of the team.

Replacement ofI with We , empathetically empowers the following quotes.

  • No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” — Reid Hoffman
  • Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” — Steve Jobs
  • Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller
  • Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they’re doing it because they care about the team.” — Patrick Lencioni
  • None of us is as smart as all of us.” — Ken Blanchard
  • Teams are incredible things. No task is too great, no accomplishment too grand, no dream too far-fetched for a team. It takes teamwork to make the dream work.” — John C. Maxwell
  • If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” — Booker T. Washington
  • The ratio of ‘We’ to ‘I’ is the best indicator of the development of a team.” — Lewis B Ergen

Benefits of Teamwork

When we work in a team, we grow as an individual

We all have blind spots about our behaviors and strengths that we may be unaware of, and feedback from a team member can expose them, isn’t it? Recognizing these strengths and addressing the weaknesses can make you a better team member, and even a better person.

There may be no “I” in the team, but being part of a team can help you grow. By sharing information and essentially cross-training each other, each individual member of the team can flourish. You might discover new concepts from colleagues with different experiences. You can also learn from someone else’s mistakes, which helps you sidestep future errors.

Great ideas don’t come from alone genius

What if a cricket team has no players other than a captain? You’ll think what rubbish question it is 😫, but that’s what alone person without his team!! 🙆

Someone truly said, “Behind every genius is a team”.

It kills the meaning of “Genius is born not developed”, as a team we can achieve anything up to any extent.

Different perspectives help us come up with winning innovations

In a team environment, people must capitalize on their strengths and “fill in the gaps” where the team needs them the most.

For example, on a group writing project, one person may be better at creating concepts while another has a keen eye for proofreading final documents. When everyone on the team uses their best skills and takes up slack where others may be wanting, the collective strength of the team as a whole is stronger.

Most people think success comes from surrounding yourself with others that are like you, But the fact is that true success and breakthrough innovation involve discomfort. Discomfort pushes you to grow. This is where differences of experience, opinion, and perspective come in.

Dividing the work lets us grow our skills

Continuously changing technology and increased globalization mean that organizations/communities are facing problems so hefty/complex that a single individual simply can’t possess all the necessary knowledge to solve them. But, When team members use their unique skills to shine in their own roles, it creates an environment based on mutual respect and cooperation that benefits the whole team and organization ultimately.

Working in a team helps us take worthy risks

When you work alone on some project, you might be afraid of putting your neck on the sward. What if an idea you suggest falls flat? What if you won’t get the expected outcome even by taking risks?

When you work on a team, you know you have the support of the entire group to fall back on in case of failure. So basically you will be free to experiment with something new in the area, even if it’s unknown to you.

The moral of the story is when `I` is replaced by `We`, it builds a cohesive network(so-called team) that works together to meetup the aim.

Consistently solid teamwork can have a significant impact on the success of a business or organization.

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Nidhi Davra
Web developer@canopas | Gravitated towards Web | Eager to assist

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Nidhi Davra
Web developer@canopas | Gravitated towards Web | Eager to assist

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