Team You

John Gutekunst | May 11, 2016

5-7 Minute Read

Team You

John Gutekunst | May 11, 2016

5-7 Minute Read

Team You

John Gutekunst | May 11, 2016

5-7 Minute Read

Team You. Everyone has one.

Is yours helping you get the most out of your career AND your life?

 

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“Iron sharpens iron”.

“You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with”.

“Only spend time with those that lift you higher”.

 

I think you will agree with me when I say that it is beneficial both professionally and personally to surround yourself with good, inspiring, and caring people. Those previous statements are only a few of the popular sayings that are often referenced to support this fact.

 

Another undeniable fact is that all of the top, elite-level performers in business, sports, music, etc. have a team of people around them and supporting them professionally. It is also worth highlighting that many psychology professionals emphasize how having a “support system” of people around you to rely on is pretty much essential in ensuring you experience a happy and enjoyable life.

 

Notice how having a team around you can help you both professionally and personally?

 

Without further ado, please let me introduce to you the concept of “Team You”. Team You is the group of people that supports you both professionally and personally. The reality is that each and every one of us, including you, has our very own Team You around us right now. Some of us have put a considerable amount of thought and effort into building our team, while some of us are in the early stages of learning this concept and its undeniable benefits.

 

What would happen to a football team if it planned to build a team without a quarterback on the roster? Or a soccer or hockey team that planned on building a team without a goalie? How successful would those teams be?

 

Also, what if a football team knew it needed a quarterback, but never put the effort in to filling that position, decided to wing it and play all of its games without a quarterback?

 

Contemplate the answers to those questions while you review the six possible and essential positions you can have on your Team You.

 

 

The 6 Possible and Essential Positions for Team You:

Friends:

Here’s where the “the five people you spend most of your time with” can be diligently applied. Some of your friends support you professionally, some support you personally, and some help with both. I think it goes without saying that the more positive influence your friends have on you, the better support system you have, and therefore the more success and enjoyment you will experience in your life.

 

Family:

This is a case by case basis. Some relatives are great to have in your life for personal and/or professional support. I also think it is a safe assumption that most of you can think of at least one relative that is best seen just once or twice per year. . . or maybe every other year? Nevertheless, family members can and do serve a major role in many people’s support systems.

 

Colleagues:

One of the most powerful ways colleagues can be used is to find a senior colleague or coworker to add to your team. Having a seasoned professional that can teach you the ins-and-outs of your organization and your career path can be invaluable. Many corporate cultures are aware of these benefits (or should be!) and have internal mentorship programs. Take advantage of them if they’re available, or make them if they’re not!

 

Mentors / Role Models:

This is a very impactful position as some of the most beneficial people you can have professionally and personally are individuals you add to your team that are purposely outside of your current circle of friends and family. Obviously some friends and family members can serve as a mentors or role models for you. However, if you don’t have a mentor that is not in a friend, colleague, or family member; you are missing an incredibly invaluable position on your team.

 

Intimate Partner / Spouse:

One powerful dynamic that is true for life in general (and often times true in business too) is the fact that many of the things that have the greatest potential reward also have the greatest potential risk.

 

Intimate relationships can be complex. Thus, for the purposes of analyzing your “Team You” I will simply highlight these facts: if you find the right partner for you and nurture that relationship, that partner definitely and undeniably will bring the best out of you. Often times that partner will help you show your best in ways that absolutely no one else can. Thus, your intimate partner or spouse can serve as an incredibly powerful member on your support team- aka your “Team You”. . . And, of course, you can have an incredibly powerful influence on him or her too.

 

Paid, Trained Professionals:

As great as they are, sometimes friends, family, and mentors are just not enough. Sometimes things happen in your life that are too complicated or inappropriate for these “teammates” of yours to handle. Or sometimes these members of your Team You are too close to your situation and are incapable of giving objective, unbiased opinions. This is where paid, trained professionals can help.

 

Notice that this is a “Paid” trained professional. One reason this fun four letter word is emphasized is that you often get what you pay for. In other words, free advice is probably free for a reason- especially if it’s free on an ongoing basis.

 

A more important and less talked about reason is the fact that paying for a professional has a direct correlation to your commitment level.

 

Whether it’s a new skill you’re trying to learn, weight you’re trying to lose, or if you’re trying to come out of depression; no one- not your mom, dad, brother, sister, mentor, friends. . . no coach, no therapist, no counselor, no trainer. . . NO ONE can help you improve unless YOU are fully and completely committed to improving.

 

Money is an invaluable resource to all of us. Putting your money where your mouth is by investing it into your improvement has a strange way bringing the best and biggest commitment out of all human beings. It also helps you get results.

 

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And there, my friends, are all of the possible positions you can have on your Team You. Knowing what they are and then filling them with the best possible talent can go a long way in you succeeding professionally and enjoying your life as much as possible.

 

I hope you agree with that statement, and I offer one final question for you to ponder

 

Do you have all of the positions filled on your Team You?

The Gute Life
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John Gutekunst is an educator, coach, writer, and speaker. He also is a CFA Charterholder, a certified yoga instructor, a depression expert, an entrepreneur, and a "retired" corporate banker too. He is dedicated to guiding others enjoy their lives as much as humanly possible, guiding others through the process of completely eliminating their most difficult personal challenges from their life, AND to assisting others with achieving their most passionate goals and dreams. He also helps others find a way to Love themselves No Matter What Happens in their life. To speak with him directly, please email him at john@thegutelife.com.
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Gute (Goo-tee)

John Gutekunst is an educator, coach, writer, and speaker. He also is a CFA Charterholder, a certified yoga instructor, a depression expert, an entrepreneur, and a "retired" corporate banker too. He is dedicated to guiding others enjoy their lives as much as humanly possible, guiding others through the process of completely eliminating their most difficult personal challenges from their life, AND to assisting others with achieving their most passionate goals and dreams. He also helps others find a way to Love themselves No Matter What Happens in their life. To speak with him directly, please email him at john@thegutelife.com.
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1 Comment

  1. Nina on May 11, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Well said John and love the concept of Team You!