July 23, 2004, Newsletter Issue #172: TRUST YOUR TEAMATES

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Learn to trust your teammates, and to play with that trust. For your TEAM to be successful, work to build trust with your teammates and work together with them.

If you love one another you play a different kind of game. You play a team game. You play a game where you want to pass off the ball and let your teammate score rather than pull up and take your own shot. You play a game where you strive to make your teammates look good - you make a real effort to find the open man.

Determine to ignore some of the struggles of others that have been irritating you. Instead, learn to value their strengths. Look for areas in which you may be in a power struggle with someone and give it up, it`s not about the power - it`s about the team. Take the focus off yourself and put it on others, it will come back to you, tenfold.
Be more transparent. Recognize the high potential in someone’s talents and allow them the opportunity to utilize them. Give someone your trust and let that person know that you are confident that he or she will succeed. Then give the your undending loyalty. That is missing in many teams, staffs, organizations, and schools these days.
Commit to a common cause and sell out for each other. The fruits of your victories will be much sweeter.

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