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“We” versus “I”

The terms “we” and “I” perform two important and complementary functions:

Everything relating to the outcomes your team is driving towards should be described with we.

We implies unity of effort; it implies that “we’re in this together to achieve a common goal”.

Everything relating to the specific actions that need to be taken to get to the team’s desired outcome should be described with “I”.

I clarifies who is going to do contribute what to get the outcome that the team is collectively striving for.



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William Liao

William Liao


Taiwanese American, daily blogger of ideas about impactful work in service of others, photographer (ephemera.photography)