The topic of the quote this week is “Teams”. Team-building exercises are now an important part of many management strategies and in fact a lot of organisations place so much value in them that they allocate nearly as much (or more!) time and money on team-building as they spend on training.
“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”
That quote was by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former NBA star and current U.S. global cultural ambassador.
It’s interesting that a man who (at the time of his retirement) was the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored, games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots, defensive rebounds, and personal fouls – yet he still credits the team for his success.
Perhaps that goes some way to explain the importance of team-building. Extraordinary individuals are important but even they need the support of a great team around them.