We usually think of a “team” as the players on the field, the court, or on the water. Coach and athletes.
But the “team” goes wider. And on any given day (or hour of the day) the team can be vastly different.
An athlete is injured, so today his team is:
- the athletic trainer
- his buddies in the training room
- those he connects with for support
Another athlete is struggling in chemistry. Her team is:
- the teacher
- her study group
- the helpful tutor
And let’s not forget those college seniors who are trying to find a job. Their team might be:
- career center staff (crafting job application)
- writing center member (tweaking that cover letter)
- financial aid counselors (explaining what those student loans are going to look like on the other side)
Or the high school seniors still working on colleges. Their team might be all employees of their school, in some manner or form.
Teams shift, with members flowing in and out. Team dynamics are, in fact, dynamic.
Just because team members aren’t there on the playing field doesn’t mean their role is not signficant.