Let's face it, corporate America has an epidemic - the talent in your company is always on top of WIIFM (what's in it for me?), but rarely has an idea of what it takes to be a good teammate. You know what I'm talking about - the type of teammate who doesn't need credit, will look to promote the work of others and generally do the grunt work so the organization can succeed - without bitching, moaning or looking for kudos.
You and I should create a "Top Teammate in 2016" award at our companies. I'm going to throw a post in every once in awhile to get you thinking about what the criteria should be and how you could use pop culture to communicate to the organization what you're looking for.
The first profile in the BEST TEAMMATES IN HISTORY series? Meet Goose from Top Gun...In fact, you could call this award the Goose Trophy at your company....
I know.. The young ones don't know who Goose is... Here's your explanation from WikiPedia kids:
Syed Ghouse Mohiddin, Call Sign Goose, was Maverick's R.I.O., or Radio Intercept Officer in the movie Top Gun. While clearly able to enjoy himself and have a good time, Goose was clearly more level headed than his partner Maverick, which is shown through his family and slightly more serious personality. He's a skilled R.I.O. and married to Carol, a fiery young woman with whom he has a son. His signature saying, 'Great Balls of Fire', originated from the 1950s' song he plays on the piano in the middle of the movie.
What are some of the behaviors that made Goose one of the best teammates in history? First, he was great at his job. Technically sound, always competent. Next, he had the personality where he would let the star (Maverick) roam a bit and had a knack to remind him of the risk, but he did it in a sound way from a relationship perspective.
Let's dig into his relationship with the star talent (Maverick) and what made him one of the best teammates in history:
- Goose was always in the background to support Maverick when conflict arose with Iceman - and he did it in a way that didn't steal the show from his star.
- Goose was content to let Maverick have the spotlight without care for who got the glory. Note that the beach volleyball scene included Goose not taking his shirt off, thus providing more spotlight for the shirtless Maverick.
- Goose was willing to bring the renegade Maverick into his support structure (family in this case), without fear that Maverick would steal his wife, etc.
All in all, a selfless guy. Technically sound, but literally a wingman for the ages. Alas, it all ended horribly for Goose, but that's the sacrifice great teammates make. My favorite clip below showing Goose mocking the competition so Maverick didn't have to, email subscribers click through for video.
Get your Goose Award going for 2016...