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Life 101 - To Be a Team Player

Updated on June 24, 2013

“See You on Game 7.”

This is the ‘prophetic’ remark (his only English utterance) of a contestant on Ka-Look-Alike segment of It’s ShowTime (a banner noontime show of ABS-CBN Channel 2) impersonating Dwayne Wade of Miami Heat. It even trended on Twitter; even Game 6 was not yet fought by the two erring teams.

Indeed it happened.

The euphoria of the Game 7 between San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat didn’t dwindle even after the awards have been given to the latter. Fans around the world talked about the outcome of the penultimate game which showed the tenacity of the Heat’s players to clinch the championship trophy for two consecutive years.

It’s team effort, many will say. It’s not the star player, alone (in the person of James Lebron) who brought the team to the pinnacle of the game.

I can, personally say, (acting both as televiewer and critic) that the 2013 NBA Finals was a series of hard games, physically and emotionally among the team of coaches and players of the two fighting franchises.

The strategies on how to use the so-called home court advantage and the audience’s response were utilized to the fullest.

The winnings of each team can be condensed into the agility, prowess and skills of each player to hurdle surprises of each game-play as conceptualized by team of coaches.

We must also thank the referees for officiating each game well by calling fouls, violations and other matters fairly in order to come up with an orderly showmanship of sports.

How do you fare with your team?

A game of basketball in our barrio - taken on May 2011 (Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)
A game of basketball in our barrio - taken on May 2011 (Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)

The Search for a Team Player

As I watched the free live telecast of NBA games here in the Philippines, linked by Channel 2, I can merely say that most of the first five of each team in basketball are or we can call team players.

They help the star players or the captains to fulfill three-pointer shots or achieve a free throw balls in the hoops.

The forwards or the ball handlers will not always shot the ball single-handedly. They should pass it on to other players of the team for assistance. The 24-second of the allotted time each play should be accomplished whether at the shaded area or outside for better long shots.

A team player may not always be the most valuable player. He can give a shot when it is most needed by the team.

Qualities of a Team Player

The critic in us will say whether or not our friend or an individual is a team player. Most professionals will have their standard criteria in order to find such person.

Long before books, identifying the qualities of a team player, are published, Filipinos have already a common criterion on how an individual in the barangay or county can be called a team player.

That man can be compared to the bamboo plant which swayed and didn’t break even with the presence of the strongest wind or storm.

Therefore, he is resilient like the bamboo as it showed when the turmoil of time arrives. He is courageous when the moment calls for it, especially if it’s for the sake of his or her family.

The ripening of rice grains make its stalks to bow. A man who is truly humble and full of knowledge can be compared with ripened rice which is ready for the harvest. He never acts proudly in the midst of an argument or never acts as a show-off or brags his achievements among the throng of less-educated neighbors.

Even those who are scarce with knowledge gained from the schools and universities have their common sense and can compete with you in all aspects of life.

Team Building

This is the by-word of many companies, nowadays, especially in many outsourcing companies or call centers.

The activities being presented and acted by participating employees and company officials are making positive impact on the relationships of the bosses and ordinary employees of the institution.

By doing such out-of-town activities, the performances of each employee and even high-ranking officials are refined and contribute to the success of company’s projects or undertakings.

Suggestions from ordinary employees are accepted and even incorporated to the mission and vision, policies and rules and regulations of the company.

To quote Rabbi Harold Kushner:

The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought to other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.

Team Players of HubPages

Commitment in this writing site is truly needed now that online writing sites are mimicking and sprouting its concept. The competition on rich-text contents is very stiff nowadays and payouts are now becoming scarce.

We don’t have to falter our intention to be in or to be with this team.

Dedicated hubbers are what we need in order to survive the competition.

As we publish our experiences through prose and poetry, we should also consider the defining factors as to why this writing site was conceived in the first place.

Bringing home the success on HubPages depends on us.

If we will act as part of the concept of being a team player, then, it will be easy to bring home the bacon.

We will always be part of the winningest writing site for the next long years to come.

Interview Tips - "Are you a team player?" courtesy of BrianKrueger

Defining a Team Player

In USA, Maxwell Motivation, Inc., a Georgia corporation, published a guide book titled “The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player” written by Dr. John C. Maxwell.

He is the bestselling author of “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.”

In this book where a ‘team player’ is on the ‘hot seat’, he bared seventeen identifying marks or qualities that a team player must possess.

In every business or area of specialization, stories of success and world history, he cited events that helped him bared those qualities that we should look at every team player that is present in every workforce we must get involved with.

There’s also an official website where you can update the book on how it fared from the time it was published and up to the present.

I’m sure this book is a good reference for college instructors or professors

To give you an overview of the book, let me spill to you that 17 qualities of a team player.

You and I have this set of qualities.

Are you Adaptable? Collaborative? Committed? Communicative? Competent? Dependable? Disciplined? Enlarging? Enthusiastic? Intentional? Mission Conscious? Prepared? Relational? Self-Improving? Selfless? Solution Oriented? Tenacious?

If all of us possess the qualities that are enumerated here, then we are true-bloodied team players.


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Tonipet: Thanks for sharing it, Tonette! I'm just honest with what's churning in my mind. Fortunately, it came out good and this hub inspired some to be do-gooders, including you. :)

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @DDE: Thank you for dropping by. We all have to be team players. In this world, we always need a bunch or lots of them.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @denden mangubat: Thank you, kabayan. That's what we should do everyday; to be a Team Player. :)

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @MsDora: Thank you for being so supportive. My apologies for not visiting your site just of late.

      With regards to this hub, I was inspired by the book of Dr. John C. Maxwell. I realized that we've been doing those qualities of a team player for such a long time.

      I'm glad this work keeps on receiving positive feedback. :)

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @ billybuc: Thank you, Sir Bill. I just have to be frank with what I write these days.

      I feel that experience is still the best education. It also becomes my foundation on how to be vigilant and sensitive with other's feelings.

      Team playing is what this world needs in order for all people to prosper.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @soconfident: We share the same sentiment, to really be 'team players' on HubPages.

      Thank you. :)

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @mjkearn: It's something we should possess at all times.

      Thank you for appreciating my work.

      I am sure, you are a team player, too. :)


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      Tonette Fornillos 

      5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Oh what an inspiration, kabayan! How I'd love to be among those in the team. Great hub a MUST-read! Thank you. Voting up beautiful, useful, interesting and SHARING! :=)-Tonette

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and so well explained on the topic a useful and interesting with a great message

    • denden mangubat profile image

      denden mangubat 

      5 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      wow this is what God wants us to do.voted up

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      I love the Rabbi Harold Kushner quote, which in essence summarizes the perspectives in your hub. Very relevant message!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Such an important message.....very clever and right on my friend. I think this is my favorite of your works.

    • soconfident profile image

      Derrick Bennett 

      5 years ago

      Right its to the hubbers to make this site success by publishing quality hubs with that said I will do my part and I hope you do too.

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      5 years ago

      Hi Ireno

      Great job on this hub. Team playing at anything is so important and so great when we help each other in life.

      Writing and supporting HP as well as the HP community is also a wonderful thing and as you say takes hard work and commitment.

      Voted up and up.

      Have a great day.



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