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19 My Team and Me

Glenn Parker HRD Press, Inc. PDF










My Team and Me

To help a team identify those factors that affect the degree of positive identification with the team and its purpose.

Unlimited. This activity is designed for use with an intact work team.

60 minutes

A space large enough for the group to work comfortably and to be able to post their work for each member to view.


A copy of the Team Identification Model (TIM).


Easel, flipcharts, markers, and tape or push pins.


The team leader distributes copies of the TIM instructions and blank TIM forms.


Members are asked to read the instruction sheet and complete the TIM form.


Once members have completed their TIM forms, they post them on the wall and engage in a “walk around” to view the work of other members.


The team reassembles for a discussion that seeks to clarify and analyze the various responses.


With the leader, members develop ways to help increase identification with the team.

The team leader can compile the results of the members’ work and report for the entire team.

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Two Voice and Identity: Who You Gonna Be While You Do What You Do?

Barbara McAfee Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub



Who you gonna be while
you do what you do?

How you gonna show up
while you’re passing through?

Barbara McAfee, from the
song “Who You Gonna Be
While You Do What You Do?”1


The word “personality” is derived from the Latin per sonare, which means “to sound through.” This phrase refers to a type of theatrical mask that was designed to amplify the sound of an actor’s voice. This etymological link between sound and identity is an apt one: our voices are a direct reflection of who we think we are—and sometimes who we wish we weren’t.

Your ego’s job is to maintain a prescribed identity for you. It tells you, “You are this kind of person, not that kind.” It defines the boundaries between what’s “you” and “not you”—a very useful distinction. I like to think of the ego as a kind of psychological immune system: it identifies anything that runs counter to the story you tell about yourself and kills it off. If we constructed this ego in a reasonable and purposeful way, it would serve us quite well. The problem is, the stories we tell ourselves about who we are get cobbled together out of a random mishmash of personal history, unconscious fear, other people’s expectations, and cultural conditioning. Many of the stories aren’t the least bit true—and can even sabotage our deepest beliefs, values, and intentions.

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1 Dreaming a Difficult Dream

Chris Rabb Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

This book was born out of passion, history, and, yes, failure (or so I thought at the time). After the one-two punch of the spring 2000 tech-stock slide and the September 11, 2001, attacks, my brother and I finally agreed to suspend operations of the technology-based product design firm we had launched five years prior. This venture had been dying a slow death in perennial start-up mode due to lack of working capital (among a host of other factors).

I thought I had entered that project with my eyes wide open. After all, I had worked on Capitol Hill dealing with business development and federal procurement issues. I had worked for a federal commission on entrepreneurship. I had been surrounded by and strongly influenced by entrepreneurs throughout my life—had even researched them as a genealogist in my own family tree. And I had built a small-scale, modestly profitable business when I was in college, selling T-shirts, hats, and such to my fellow collegians and eventually customers in various locales in Chicago and other markets along the Eastern Seaboard.

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CHAPTER 1: the age of apology

John Kador Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

In October 2007, the track and field sensation Marion Jones—who won five medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney—made a startling revelation. Jones admitted that she took performance-enhancing steroids, and that she had lied when she previously denied steroid use in statements to the press, to various sports agencies, and—most significantly—to two grand juries. She apologized on the steps of the U.S. District Court in White Plains, New York:

It is with a great amount of shame that I stand before you and tell you that I have betrayed your trust. I want all of you to know that today I plead guilty to two counts of making false statements to federal agents.

Making these false statements to federal agents was an incredibly stupid thing for me to do, and I am responsible fully for my actions. I have no one to blame but myself for what I have done.

To you, my fans, including my young supporters, the United States Track and Field Association, my closest friends, my attorneys, and the most classy family a person could ever hope for—namely my mother, my husband, my children, my brother and his family, my uncle, and the rest of my extended family: I want you to 14know that I have been dishonest. And you have the right to be angry with me.

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Chip R. Bell Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

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