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Teamwork Can Enhance Your Personal Life

I know it’s not a one-man team win or lose. – Brett Favre

We all enjoy playing Monday morning quarterback, and whether you are a New England Patriots fan celebrating the thrill of victory or a Seattle Seahawks fan coping with the agony of defeat and a questionable coaching call, one clear fact remains:

It took a team to win the Super Bowl. And it took a team to lose the Super Bowl.

One of the great joys in our professional lives is working with a supportive, productive team. As an expert in teamwork in the workplace, I know what it takes to make a team successful.

Yet I also know the importance of teamwork in our personal lives. We don’t live in a vacuum, and while our journey through life is an individual one, it should not be done alone. A personal “life” team will amplify your joy and share the burden of your grief. It will enhance the positive moments and take the edge off the challenges that are inevitable, including loss and grief.

Building and nurturing a supportive team to help you navigate your life journey is critical. And it involves a conscious effort – it doesn’t simply happen. Here are some steps to consider:

·      This week, take the time to identify the “teammates” in your life. Who is there to support you – to boost you up and to celebrate your victories? Who can you count on when the going gets tough?

·      Who on your team isn’t pulling his or her weight? Who is constantly negative and tends to suck the energy out of you?

·      How are YOU as a teammate? Do you listen enough? Do you give enough? Are YOU too high-maintenance and do YOU understand your teammates’ boundaries?

If your life is lacking this teammate experience, make it a point to start building a support team, surrounding yourself with nurturing family and friends to help you move to the finish line of your dreams.

And if you have people on your team who resemble dark clouds rather than light, you may want to consider shifting them from teammate to spectator. They can still be in your life, just not on your team.

And every day, make a proactive decision to support the team by carrying your weight and expressing gratitude and appreciation to your teammates. Win or lose, your journey will be richer for it.

 Dr. Lori Baker-Schena is the founder and chief executive officer of Baker Schena Communications, a firm dedicated to “Unleashing Your Potential Through the Power of Words.” We offer motivational speaking, leadership consulting and medical writing services. Find us at