Motivational Series

Attributes of A Team Player- 3

by Idede Oseyande
Accommodate and Adjust!
The ability to #adjust and #accommodate others no matter how brief is something some people can never do.
A typical example is that of someone who is added to the #team and immediately starts to look for stratification and ways to divide the team into classes.
First, he chooses who to greet based on age. He uses eye-gauge to guess the ones older than him, followed by academic or #career qualifications, etc.
Secondly, he starts to size them based on other criteria that appeal to him. It can be the sophistication of their dressing or their command of the language of communication.
Just as they cannot accommodate others, they still cannot make little adjustments to make things go smoothly.
It is always “my way or no other way”.
They end up making the team waste tangible time on #debates and arguments over trivial issues.
For instance, the #venue for a meeting can become the first hurdle to cross when you have members that are not ready to adjust.
The venue is too far from my end, it is too close to the chairman’s house, it is not centralised, it is not well ventilated, it is not this, it is not that…they argue as if they were going to spend the rest of their lives at that location.
After the debate over the venue comes to an end, the time for the meeting brings another round of debate and arguments.
As a team player, one must be willing to make adjustments for the sake of progress. Things cannot always go your way, so you must learn to shift grounds and adjust with the #resolution of the team.
Are you still a team player?

About the author

Idede Oseyande

IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.

He currently runs an online advocacy platform ( where he engages the government and the people.

Among his published works are 'What is Left of What is Right?', 'The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader' and 'Warri No Dey Carry Last'.

He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.

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