This coming Saturday, July 22nd, is National Be a Good Teammate Day—an occasion to recognize and celebrate those teammates who make being part of the team worthwhile!
Whether it’s sports, family, community, school, or work, everybody is part of a team. Use this date as an opportunity to show your appreciation to those willing to put the needs of their “team” ahead of themselves.
Here are ten ways to celebrate National Be a Good Teammate Day:
1. Break Bread Together. Go for breakfast. Meet for coffee. Grab lunch. Take them to dinner. Or treat them to ice cream. Make a special effort to share a meaningful meal with a special teammate.
2. Send a Card. Take the time to send them a personalized handwritten card or note thanking them for being your teammate.
3. Reconnect With a Former Teammate. Haven’t caught up with them in a while? Let this day be a reason to reconnect. Call, text, DM, or email just to let them know they’re in your thoughts.
4. Share a Photo. Post a photo of you and your teammates on social media. Be sure to tag them and include the hashtag #NationalBeAGoodTeammateDay too.
5. Brag About Them on Social Media. Don’t only share a photo, add some text. Tell the world about their kindness, generosity, loyalty, and everything else that makes them a good teammate.
6. Add an Overlay. Make your social media profile stand out by adding a temporary overlay to your profile photo that frames your acknowledgement of the occasion. Click on the image below to create your overlay.
7. Wear Matching T-Shirts. Whether it’s gathering for a reunion, setting sail on a cruise, or heading to Disney World, nothing says family like a group wearing matching t-shirts. If you’ve got teammates who are like family, this may be the way to go.
8. Give a Gift. Offer your teammate(s) a small token of your appreciation. By the way, books make excellent gifts, especially ones about teamwork. To celebrate the occasion, my book The WE Gear is discounted to 40% off its normal price on Amazon.com for the rest of this week.
9. Do a Spontaneous “Good Teammate Move.” Perform a selfless act of kindness, a good dead, or an unsolicited display of benevolence for no other reason than to make a teammate’s life easier.
10. Come Up With a List. Think of today as the start of a new year. Spend some time compiling a list of goals you have for becoming a better teammate over the next twelve months.
However you choose to celebrate National Be a Good Teammate Day, know that your celebrating will inspire others to do the same. And if you happen to be the type of teammate whose selflessness goes unrecognized, reward yourself on July 22nd with a slice of “victory cake.” You’ve earned it!
As always…Good teammates care. Good teammates share. Good teammates listen. Go be a good teammate.