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Team Contribution Is What Really Matters, Isn’t It?

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Are you making a good team contribution? Are you working within the bounds, coloring inside the lines, and being a positive role model?

Team contributions come in at least two flavors.

One flavor suggests that you precisely follow all the rules. It is a path of working within the system, no thinking, just doing. It is the support of the system, by design, and never wavering.

A second flavor, different from the first may suggest that the best team contribution comes from working on the edges of the rules. It is more about merit, accomplishments, and contribution.

Leadership Style

Occasionally, or often, depending on where you look, you’ll find arguments about leadership style.

There exists a notion by some that rebels are good leaders. Those willing to bend or break the rules when it favors a goal-oriented result. Not those who only see things as black and white and always inside the lines. Especially when inside the lines is not working and is counter-productive for the team.

It doesn’t mean ethical or legal disobedience. It means high-quality and high-integrity leadership. Being both responsible and accountable.

What path makes the most sense for you?

Team Contribution

If you are the type of person who works from the heart, I’m willing to bet you see yourself somewhere in the middle.

Working from the heart, at least in this case, means you have an undying passion for the pursuit. It is not a reference to being soft, it is a reference to being committed to the achievement of the goal.

Think about who you are. Consider who you want to become. What legacy you want to leave behind, and what will matter most for the team and organizational success.

Success is rarely convenient and it is almost never easy.

Team contributions are connected to leadership.

One way, or another.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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What Is Your Workplace Contribution?

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Often people view their workplace as a place to earn a paycheck. Certainly for work outside of volunteering this is a truism. Should more people be assessing their workplace contribution?

Many people begin their commute with nearly the same intentions every day. Go to work, get to my work area, start my job, do a few things, and then go home. For some it is much more than that.

Building a Career

People who are engaged, those who want to make a difference, those who are building a career often have a little different viewpoint.

When career minded people go to work, they break things, they fix things that are broke, they build something, risk something, make decisions, have accomplishments, please a customer, help a co-worker, and occasionally fail in any of these attempts.

Where Is The Value

The person who is really contributing does all of this and so much more. It is work. It is called work because it is often hard and it isn’t always about what you are getting for it, it is also about what you become for it.

Perhaps too many people view their job in the wrong way. Instead of analyzing how much time you spend doing stuff, what if you measured how much value you are delivering. The most value doesn’t come from what you’re taking, it comes from what you are giving.

Where are you adding the most value? How much is that worth? Is it cost savings or revenue producing? Is whatever you are doing timely? Will it be the best prioritization of your efforts?

Workplace Contribution

Your workplace contribution matters. It should be measured because we know, “what gets measured gets done.” Value may be a bit nebulous for some, but it makes all of the difference for the organization.

Maybe it is time to start thinking about something different on your commute. Think about how you will provide the most value.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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