Difficult team situations are not caused, entirely, by what happened. They are mostly caused by fighting or fleeing from what happened. Your own experience has taught you this. Right-Minded teammates instead use these 3 attributes every day to move towards the difficulty.
They use these characteristics to successfully address and resolve their team challenges.
Therefore, living these attributes means you gladly accept responsibility to do your part to resolve the difficulty.
In short, you are living the teammate maxim: Do No Harm. Get Work Done.
The attributes are
- Non-Attachment to Power, Fame, Money, or Pleasure.
Rise Above Teammate Differences with These Teammate Attributes
There are and will always be differences between teammates. Those different perspectives can result in difficult team situations.
However, it has been said that Right-Minded teammates use these 3 attributes every day to rise above those differences to find solutions.
They do no harm, which means that they approach the situation in a non-confrontational way. Above all, they get work done.
It is true, they….
…trust themselves and their teammates
…always advocate for individual and team accountability
…do not crave individual power, fame, money, or pleasure
1. They Trust Themselves and Teammates
Trust, in this case, is about happily seeing those ole darn difficult team situations as perfect teamwork (and life) opportunities to learn how to choose “right-mindedness,” again.
You do not want to fight or flee. You want to stand trustingly, kindly, and forgivingly during the difficultly and say to yourself,
“I trust myself and my teammates to find the best solution.”
When teammates have a shared interest in resolving the upset, the team will find the best solution.
When you do that, you and your teammates have genuinely accepted the Right-Minded Principle of …
“I’m not a victim of the difficult team situation I see.”
When you trust yourself and your teammates, you are also following basic guidelines of the 7 Lessons to Build Right-Minded Teamwork Thinking – a Teammate Mindfulness Training.
2. They always advocate for Individual and Team Accountability
At the heart of this attribute is your individual and team willingness to choose accountability by asking yourselves, in the midst of when those problematic situations are happening,
“What can I or we learn from this? What did I or we do to create, promote, or allow this to happen?”
The answers to these questions will help you find the answers, which is the opposite of fighting or fleeing the difficulty.
3. Be Mindful. Do not crave individual Power, Fame, Money, or Pleasure
Sigmund Freud identified Power, Fame, Money, and Pleasure as barriers to psychological development.
On the surface, this is a challenging attribute to achieve. But when you look at it with your Right Mind, it is easy.
There is nothing wrong with power, fame, money, and pleasure.
However, if you bring your love and need for any of them into a teammate discussion as to how to resolve a challenging team situation, you are perpetuating the difficult team situation.
I am sure you will agree that it is foolish to behave the same way but expect different results.
You would not excuse yourself by saying you could not help it. So why should you excuse yourself for foolish thinking?
Attachment or non-attachment to power, fame, money, and pleasure is in your mind. Control your mind, and you will always be happy with what comes your way.
Mental Call to Action
Train your mind to demonstrate Right-Minded Teamwork attitudes and behaviors. Become a Right-Minded Teammate that uses these 3 attributes every day.
Therefore, when difficult team situations happen, remember to THINK, and say to yourself…
How is my attachment to power, fame, money, or pleasure making this situation worse?
What have I done to create, promote, or allow this to happen?
I trust myself and my teammates to find the best solution.
To your Success, Dan
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