The Myth’s Philosophy
The philosophy behind RMT’s 5 Elements is explained in the short story Reason, Ego & the Right-Minded Teamwork Myth.
This story illustrates where teamwork originally began and how it evolved to where it is today.
As you read, you will realize achieving the ideals of the Right-Minded Teamwork Myth is not entirely possible in this world.
Once you see these attitudes and behaviors, you will easily agree that your team will be much better off adopting them as your team’s psychological goal.
But, before you review them, let me tell you about how you, the Decision-Maker, fit into this story.
The Story’s Characters: Reason, Ego and You
Three entities within you influence your daily choices as a Right-Minded Teammate.
These three characters are Ego, Reason, and the Decision Maker. Ego and Reason are your teachers.
The Decision Maker is the part of you that decides which teacher you will listen to and follow.
You, the Decision-Maker, are a student in the classroom of life. This classroom takes many forms. Your team is one of your classes.
As the Decision-Maker, you always have free will to follow either Reason or Ego. It is your choice, and only yours. You are 100% responsible for what you think and choose to do.
Each morning, whether you are conscious of it or not, your Decision Maker decides what kind of day you will have by choosing which teacher you will follow that day. Either you will follow Ego, or you will follow Reason.
Ego is a negative influence who believes your team is much like a prison.
Ego is continuously talking inside your head, urgently telling you it’s a desperate world out there. People are out to get you, Ego reminds, and it’s everyone else’s fault (not yours!) that you are stuck where you are, suffering within your team.
Reason, on the other hand, is quiet and gentle.
It is ready to partner with you to show you how to behave to achieve the right-minded teamwork myth’s goals. A right-minded way is how you achieve the Reason knows you and your teammates will be much better off working together as one unified team. Reason asks you to see your team environment as a wonderful and safe classroom.
The story will explain how these two teachers are guiding you in the right or wrong direction.
Trust Your Intuition
The story also encourages you to trust your intuition.
It can be helpful to think of Reason as your positive intuition and Ego as your negative, arrogant, or even vindictive intuition.
At different times throughout your life, we have all listened to and followed each of these teachers.
Stop and remember a time when you had a hunch or a feeling as to what you should do or say in a particular situation. Did you ignore your intuition? Let’s say you did not follow your gut, and it turned out to be a mistake. What did you say to yourself and others?
“I wish I had trusted my intuition!”
As this exercise illustrates, you already know how to listen and be mindful of your intuition.
Now you just need to do it regularly. And your teammates need to do it as well.
Steps for adopting and living your chosen work attitudes and behaviors
Here is a list of over 20 Right-Minded Teamwork Attitudes and Behaviors.
Adopting some or all of these behaviors is your team’s first step in choosing a set of right-minded attitudes.
The second step is to discuss, define, and agree on the work behaviors that demonstrate your chosen attitudes. Your team Work Agreements capture those behaviors.
The final step is to live and follow your Work Agreements day in and day out.
Enjoy the Right-Minded Teamwork Myth
This story teaches that right-minded attitudes and behaviors are natural. They are already inside you.
That means you learned wrong-minded attitudes and behaviors from Ego. Since that is true, you can un-learn them!
The results of applying right-minded attitudes and behaviors will move you closer to Right-Minded Teamwork, which will result in satisfied customers.
And that makes Right-Minded Teamwork a win for everyone.
That will bring you closer to living the Right-Minded Teamwork Myth!