Players A and B, who wear the same team jersey, are polar opposites. They have similar years of experience but vastly different personalities and styles.
They both have top-level skills. They play different positions, so they’re not in direct competition. A doesn’t say much, but he looks out for his teammates. He doesn’t seem to be working out very hard where it counts. B isn’t very articulate. His peers and juniors may find him difficult and shy away from him. It’s his job, but B can’t stand being uncomfortable and grumbles. A once said something he didn’t like, and the two became even more awkward. You rarely saw them speak to each other except during games.
Then, one season, it happened. Injuries and poor performances by teammates, and the opposition catching up, had put our team in trouble. The coaching staff considered bringing B back. B had started the season late due to contract issues and was out of the team. His place was not available when the team was doing well.
The coaching staff considers teamwork. They called up A and asked for his opinion. A says, “If the team needs me, I’ll go along with it, and that’s how I’ll explain it to the players.” A few days later, B returns, looks awkward, but stands in front of his teammates and says simply, “Let’s do this.” A had helped B get back on track, but they were still at odds.
I remember that as a moment when teamwork passed an inflection point. There were a lot of other factors, but I think that moment helped turn the tide of the season in our favor. Looking back on that moment, there are two things I’d like to share.
The first is that you don’t shake up your team. If you can turn A’s and B’s skills into numbers to make up your team’s roster, you do it. Even if you have to wait for a vacancy to open up, it’s a good idea to hire them because they’re good.
But people aren’t cogs in a machine, and you can’t just plug them in. It’s more than just A and B. It’s a thoughtful decision by the coaching staff to consider how they fit in with the rest of the team. They could have brought B up right away, but they slowed it down a tempo. Ask A. They recognize A as a partner to share their concerns. The team prepares themselves, and B prepares himself. The staff encouraged B to speak up, even if it was just for a moment.굿모닝토토 주소
It’s also worth noting that they didn’t try to force themselves to become one. We accepted that they are different personalities and beings and left it at that. We didn’t force them to shake hands, we didn’t reconcile them with words that didn’t exist. We let them decide for themselves, with the goal of winning the team and being champions. It’s the same for A and it’s the same for B. It was enough to remind them of their roles on the team. It might be a little uncomfortable, but that’s style.
What is a one team? The word one team is used a lot these days, even in politics and in companies, but if you search for one team in English, they don’t seem to use it the way we do. “In Korean sports teams, when coaches use the term one team, they don’t translate it directly into English. They use English phrases like ‘we are on the same page’ or ‘we are all on the same page,'” explains Yoo Yoo-ho, a Canadian journalist who has covered sports news in English for Yonhap News Agency.
Someone in the sports world jokes, “One team? Isn’t that just short for the team that the coach wants?” It’s a joke, but it’s not funny. In fact, let’s look at who uses the word one team in the world. It seems to have become a decision maker’s term. What do you think?
I wonder if we really need a one-man team when we just need to understand what team means. Isn’t working together as a team all about working towards a common purpose, a common goal, and within a team, individuals make concessions, considerations, and sometimes sacrifices. But when you add to that the requirement to be “one,” I think it becomes suffocating. And when you say one, where do you end up being the “answer man”?
A team is a group of people who are loose but accepting of each other’s differences, who compete with each other but know what to do together. That’s how good teams, strong teams, and great sustainable teams are built. It’s actually harder to build a good team.