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The Four Pillars of T.E.A.M.
Forum » Sicarii's Mil-Sim forum » The Training Room
Joined: 31st Jul 2014
Rank: SE5
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21st Oct 2014

The original standing acronym for TEAM, is defined by our founder, Recovery.

Together, Everyone Accomplishes More.

But I also like to outline another acronym for TEAM, that compliments this mentality, from time to time. It is one that helps me to have a solid foundation of values to guide me when addressing issues where our teamwork can stand to improve, and recognizing when our team does well.

T - Trust
E - Experience
A - Awareness
M - Mentality

These are the four "body parts" to a well oiled team.

Trust: You absolutely... ABSOLUTELY... MUST trust your teammates. Without trusting them to cover your blind spots, you become overwhelmed. The idea here is that since we are human, we can only process so much information at a time. When we become overwhelmed, then the variables on the battlefield escape our control, and our success rate plummets. Trust the man to your left and right!

Experience: No team can build chemistry without putting in the hours, whether it's on the field, or sharing a cold beverage together. You have to gain experience together, to share the joy in the good times, or share the weight of responsibility during losses. This way, we are never alone, and we build our collective skills and strength of will through repetition, and chemistry.

Awareness: We must always be aware of what's happening to each other. When one man falls, we must surround him to protect him, and pick him back up. No man left behind, means we have to be aware he fell out to begin with. Awareness works also when assessing the enemy. We must always be aware of our surroundings, and never be afraid to shout out new developing information. The more we are collectively aware of each other, and our surroundings, the more we become one fluid, deadly machine.

Mentality: You have to have your mind right. Being a team is not about standing out, it's about what's best for the group. That also includes you. We all must benefit from our actions and decisions. When working as a team, you have to put your ego aside, but keep your dignity standing tall and proud. This proper balance of selflessness and inner drive, are the up and down of the pistons that make the engine work... that make the heart of the team roar.

The whole team must be a brotherhood of men, capable, and trusting of each other. It is up to each man to bring all he has to the table to give the leader what he needs to properly focus that potential into success. We rise and fall together, so always keep that in mind.

We never say "fuck the team" because we only hurt ourselves doing so.

Instead, we enthusiastically say "Let's fucking do this!!"

Mag up, charge the weapon, check safety, muzzles up. Let's get back in the game guys.


Your friendly neighborhood,

"If you can't be safe, be deadly."

[SE5] TheZenWalker
Executive Officer
Sicarius Elitist

Joined: 22nd Jul 2014
Rank: SE6
Likes 106
24th Feb 2016

I've heard so many acronyms, but this is another great one!
I love ones that read as acronyms mostly because it makes memorization easier.

I'm sure we've all heard this shitty one "team work makes the dream work" So many people at work would spout this garbage, but the honest truth was our hard work wasn't helping us, it was helping the leadership climb their ladder. When I work as a team, whether the lead or a member, I'm working for myself, and those working with me. Not someone commanding people to do the things, they believe is beneath them. That's why it's easy to distinguish a leader from a boss.

I really like your perspective on our Teamwork approach
Joined: 31st Jul 2014
Rank: SE5
Likes 32
25th Feb 2016

I absolutely agree. A leader does whatever he does because internally he's motivated to see the group succeed. A "boss" is nothing more than a parasite.

"If you can't be safe, be deadly."

[SE5] TheZenWalker
Executive Officer
Sicarius Elitist

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