The last 20+ years of my working life, I worked in the IT industry in an office with groups of people and always heard the phrase “We are a team.”, “Be a team player.”; “blah”, “blah”, “blah”. I wanted to tell my upper management that this company I am working for is not football and therefor there is no team. I do not want to be a ‘team player’ because it reminds me of sports and I was never good at sports.
But I guess the companies I worked for were correct to refer to us employees as a team per the wikiipedia.org definition –
A team is a group of people or other animals linked in a common purpose. Human teams are especially appropriate for conducting tasks that are high in complexity and have many interdependent subtasks.
In my post ‘the unsocial me’, I describe myself as a loner, a hermit and reclusive – I did not want to be around people and therefor had no need to be on a team. I do not see me playing a team sports; I see myself in an individual sport, such as long distance running. In my last employment before retirement I was a great resource to my company and well respected for my efforts and results. In my own individual way I accomplished a great deal and provided valuable contributions to this company. So I guess in a way I was a team player and part of a team.
I think back to my time of struggle with depression and say to myself ‘Those many years of depression, I overcame this on my own.’ But really I did not do it on my own; there were psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, my mom and others that were there to support me, to teach me, to help me move forward to a better me. I guess these people were my teammates as they accomplished a great deal and provided valuable contributions to me and my life.
When it came to the work at my job or the work of getting out of a major depression, I did not consider myself as a team player as I was alone with my mind and its defects. But reality was there was a team I was a part of and that team help me to win the game over my major depression.