Going Against the Conventional Wisdom

No I in Team Business Cartoon

I hate hate hate the old “there’s no ‘I’ in team” adage. It’s not that I’m not a team player. It’s just that the phrase went from lame to tired to trite to maddening and back to lame, and it just will not go away!

Anyway, one day my wife came home from work talking about a team-building exercise they’d done in a meeting and this idea popped into my head.

It’s not like you can get revenge on an idiom, but I’d like to think that if it was possible, this cartoon might help.

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Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website, Andertoons.com.

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  1. Whenever someone said “there is no ‘I’ in team”, I always responded, “yeah, but there is a ‘M’ and ‘E'”