Accepting your role
What is one of the number one characteristics of a winning team? Talent is obviously needed, but is that all?
There are many factors that go into creating a team, but one that is foundational is that each person understands and knows the role they play in the organization's success.
My 8th grade basketball coach used to tell us, “Accept your role.” Whether we were a starter or practiced to make the starters better, he said accept your role. He knew if I accepted being on the practice squad that I would have ownership in the team because I knew my role.
Thankfully, not everyone on a team has the same skills and talents. I find when I work to accelerate my role, I help my team. Your talents will be different than the others on your team, but that doesn't make anyone less important. I have to be honest with myself here. Some players on the team bring more unique talents, experience and education than me. If I get distracted by what they have, I lose focus on why I am on the team, and it hurts me and the organization.
Bosses usually want to see if a person can be trusted to pick up the trash, cut the grass and be productive with what has been assigned to them. The boss is asking, “Can you take real ownership in this assignment and grow it to be even better?” Those small choices seem insignificant in the moment, but they will open up more opportunities down the road.
Jesus tells of the story of the property owner who gave 3 of his workers opportunities to grow his assets. The first and second worker doubled the assets, while the third worker simply buried the asset for fear of losing it. The owner rewarded the first and second worker because they took action with what they had been given. The third worker was shamed and his asset was removed from him because he made excuses and saw himself as a victim to the property owner. The trust and admiration was given to the first two workers.
Accept your role to try and outgrow your job. Be so good they have to promote you or someone else will want you to come work for them.