By: Amanda Medlen We have all heard it so many times…“There is no ‘I’ in team.” And then often times you get a so-called ‘clever’ one that sarcastically says, “Yes, but there is a ‘ME!’” There are so many crafty acronyms and cutesy sayings revolving around ‘Team’ but I prefer to go along with one of the most basic and true…“Together Everyone Achieves More.” I recently stumbled across an article from Entrepreneur, entitled ‘Invest in Growth: Your Employees’ Growth, That Is.’ While reading through the article I literally kept shaking my head and felt like I should shout out, ‘Can I hear an Amen?!’ The article uses a sports reference (I know Gary Pino will dig that!) describing the teamwork that goes on beyond the spotlight quarterback. Yes, he/she is a very important part of the team BUT there are 10 other teammates out there making it happen as well. Can you imagine the quarterback, alone, trying to make all of the points himself?! Of course not! The article goes on to say, “Many leaders focus on the playmakers of the business, but you don’t win championships simply because you have a great quarterback. It’s the combined effort of all players — both great and small — that wins games.” More specifically, it discusses the power of the ‘rookie.’ Our world is ever changing and ever evolving – new practices, new policies, new technologies… As intelligent as one generation is, we all think and process information differently and there are so many things we can learn from each other. I think it’s a beautiful thing to see all of the generations working together to achieve great results for the client. Is one generation more valuable than the other? I don’t believe one is…to reiterate the quote above, it’s the combined efforts of ALL of the players! Now, back to the ‘quarterback’ (leadership)….they are charged with some extremely important work on behalf of the team. Entrepreneur states it like this, “A company’s attitude can be attributed to the mindset of its leadership. Focusing on the positive and not the negative trickles down to your team members and is crucial in forging a strong and united team, particularly when times are tough.” Now, all hands in…and…GO TEAM!