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‘There’s no “I” in Team’ is one of the most commonly quoted pieces of mock wisdom. So it may come as something of a surprise to realise that the character David Brent in the UK TV comedy series The Office actually has it right when he says:

‘There may be no “I” in team, but there’s a “me” if you look hard enough.’

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

Of course, you know what ‘no “I” in team’ means. It is about taking the selfish behaviour out of your team contribution, and focusing on the collaboration and shared responsibility. But teams are made up of individuals, and if we take our individuality out of the team, then we are left with a bunch ...

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