Motivational Monday…No “I” in Team

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Motivational Monday…No “I” in Team


Playing in some kind of team sport when you’re young teaches much more than the importance of fielding in baseball.  With luck and guidance, we learn that it takes the whole TEAM to win.

Recently I heard this saying…

 Sometimes being a team player means
sitting on the bench



We know what that means but how does that relate to our lives, business, and personal?


A fellow placement consultant turned a new client over to me once because she felt I could do a better job with this particular company.  It ended up being a win-win for us and our company because the consultant’s forte was working with applicants. We made many placements at that company.


This summer I saw one of the top starting pitchers (not Verlander) get benched after the 1st Inning!  He was not at his best and the Manager benched him for the good of the team. 


Much as we’d like to believe that WE are the solution to every problem, there are times when we need to bench ourselves for the greater purpose.

I'll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it's sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.
Kobe Bryant


If I am the best, I am capable of saying it, but if I find the others better, I am also capable of shutting up. And staying on the bench. Full stop.
Patrick Vieira


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Comments (18)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

So very true Kathy.  Have a wonderful Monday. Bill 

Nov 27, 2023 04:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Bill Salvatore - East Valley you know, the field of sports offers many useful analogies. 

Nov 27, 2023 10:41 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. You can't be the best at everything but you can be the best judge of yourself. Sometimes you just need to be prodded to make the best contribution. Enjoy your day.

Nov 27, 2023 04:59 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin We want to think we can do everything and do it well but that's not often the case. 

Nov 27, 2023 10:46 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I like Wayne Martin 's comment - you can be the best judge of yourself - Have a great day

Nov 27, 2023 05:27 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe we have to be honest with ourselves. It takes maturity and a strong character to do so. 

Nov 27, 2023 10:47 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good Monday morning Kathy Streib, to work as a team can be sitting on the bench or being on the field, every single position matters and is necessary to win. Great message!

Nov 27, 2023 05:34 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi  Beth Atalay exactly right. Everyone can play a part to make a team successful. 

Nov 27, 2023 10:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... so important to be self-aware about our individual strengths and weaknesses so we know how to lean into our strengths.

Nov 27, 2023 05:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker exactly!!  Larry is extremely handy with DIY projects but when he built a deck around our hot tub many years ago, he knew that he needed to call in the pros to handle the electrical work!!!

Nov 27, 2023 10:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Kathy.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Nov 27, 2023 06:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley Thank you!!! Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Nov 27, 2023 10:55 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, Self-awareness is an ongoing process. Regular reflection and a willingness to learn about yourself contribute to a more fulfilling and successful life journey.

Nov 27, 2023 06:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I couldn't agree more!!!  We are all a work in progress and it's helpful to reflect as you said on who we are. 

Nov 27, 2023 10:56 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Nobody has more team spirit than you do, Kathy!

Nov 27, 2023 08:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara Thank you!!!  It's easy to catch the team spirit here. 

Nov 27, 2023 11:04 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning my friend Kathy and so important to be a team player whether it just sitting on the bench or giving it your all.  Reminds me of the movie RUBY!

Nov 27, 2023 09:50 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm I loved that movie!!!!! I may have to try to watch it again. 

Nov 27, 2023 11:04 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I suppose we see no I in Team....but if you look for it you can see a ME  lol

Nov 27, 2023 10:20 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty or meat but I know you're a vegetarian!!!

Nov 27, 2023 11:05 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

One of the most important aspects of hiring was to look for people who could fit in and be a team player.   Sometimes, it takes us to sacrifice our need for the greater need.  

Nov 27, 2023 11:01 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

I took myself completely out of the ball park earlier this year.  Lost the sale, long time clients/friends.  But in my heart I was satisfied because I accomplished what my bottom line has always been.  To insure my clients their best shot at the house of their dreams.  And at this I was successful.  One has to have priorities.  m

Nov 27, 2023 11:28 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy the most valuable player is not always the player who gets the most playing time or scores the most point.  Sometimes the MVP is the one who is most supportive, and motivates the team to stay on a positive attitude.

Nov 27, 2023 11:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Kathy,

What an insightful post for Monday! It made me think of Arch Manning the highly drafted quarterback for the Longhorns and how he hasn't played all year. Friday night he went in 4th quarter and showed everyone what he was capable of! The crowds went wild!!

Nov 27, 2023 03:37 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I love your motivational thoughts, and especially the collection of quotes, Kathy.

Nov 27, 2023 08:22 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 27, 2023 08:29 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Kathy,
I've benched myself a few times when a situation wasn't right for me. Being competitive and a problem solver, it's not always easy for me to admit I'm not the best person for a specific job. It's usually a relief, though, to let someone more qualified for the situation to take over.  The bench is an important part of EVERY team.

Nov 28, 2023 05:39 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

When players perform well as a team, they will always overcome a team with one or two selfish players.

Nov 28, 2023 05:55 AM