Advice, Knowledge And Insight For The Modern Man

James Anthony Ellis 
Editor, Legacy Magazine

The power of a team comes from the power of the individual to expand beyond a limited self to include others in the health and well-being of that team. Here is a fun, introspective and HIGHLY SCIENTIFIC measure to see where you stand as a team player living at the team level.

Give yourself a rating of 1 – 10 on each point below, wherein 1 is the lowest mark and 10 is the highest mark. At a 10, you would be in full agreement with the statement. There are no right or wrong answers. Only gut truth, and then of course a ratings guide at the end.

RATE YOURSELF BELOW

  1. I offer solutions to outstanding conflicts, issues and struggles facing the team, rather than complaining about them.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  2. I bring 100 percent of myself to team meetings, giving all I can, not holding back, for the best of the circle.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  3. I clear lists or grudges swiftly and directly so any conflicts don’t get in the way of the success of the team.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  4. I step up and bring ideas for activities, exercises and rituals to the team leader rather than waiting for him to request something of me.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  5. I make sure to attend a team meeting when I’m in town and when I don’t have a previous commitment, rather than looking for an excuse whenever I’m not in the mood to attend a meeting in person.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  6. When not attending a team meeting in person, for whatever reason, I still contribute to the well-being of the team in some way, shape or form, either with some contribution to the team meeting or in a supportive way during the week.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  7. I accept blame for when I screw up something that hurts the team, and offer accolades for the teammates when the team wins.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  8. I am committed to the team leader winning at his job.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  9. I call other men out when they are slacking on their commitment to their best and the success of the team.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  10. I ask questions of men on the team, knowing they all have their answers within them, rather than giving unsolicited advice in an attempt to fix a man.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  11. I return a call from a teammate in an expedient time-frame, whether there is a standard around that or not, because I realize the relationship, the continued connection and the transfer of information is vital for a successful team.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  12. I hold team standards so that we can all stay aligned and cohesive, rather than for the reason I don’t want to do pushups.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  13. In choosing a team meeting date, I consider ways in which we can all find an agreeable solution together, rather than defending my individual calendar and what doesn’t work for me.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  14. I focus on what I can contribute to the success of the team over what I only can get by participating.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


  15. I am so humble and hungry to personally expand to higher levels of being that I responded to the above 14 points with absolute honesty.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10



ASSESSMENT GRID

121 – 150 – You are a stud, and should already have trophies from school sports. Or you are at the top of believing your own bullshit.

91 – 120 – You are a man others can rely on, and bring a strong backbone for any team. Or you cheated your way through high school too.

61 – 90 – In replying “yes” to any request for help, men will have a backup plan B that will include you flaking out.

31 – 60 – When people talk about fortifying the “weakest link in the chain,” they have you in mind.

1 – 30 – You invented the “suck hole.”


James Anthony Ellis is an award-winning playwright, journalist and filmmaker, who is the author of eight books, including the men-focused “The Honor Book” available HERE.

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