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Everything we talk about is team-based - it is not about me or any individual.

I had to share this newspaper article on Steven Sylvester's current work at AFC Wimbledon as their Team Psychologist. I'm sharing, not just because my role is the PR for DETOX YOUR EGO and I'm sharing my passion but also for the reason that we all work in some kind of a team and this message is a great one to share today. Especially at the start of a new week that will no doubt present itself with performance frustrations and 'people challenges' along the way. The main message I got from this interview was one of the essential and much revered 'Team Collective Excellence' and how you can't undervalue its importance for any team regardless of sector or industry. “Everything we talk about is team-based - it is not about me or any individual" says AFC Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor. It's a perfect example of how Steven's work in Psychology traverses harmoniously from Sport to Business, from Red-Hot Striker to Hot-Shot CEO. Have a read below: Article written by Toby Porter. Dons striker Taylor's scoring run is down to working on his head. LYLE Taylor has credited a sports psychologist with turning his form around. The Dons striker has hit the net three times in the last two games and is two goals from the magic 20 mark. It wouldn’t have seemed possible at the end of August when he had failed to score in six games. The 26-year-old was also goalless in November and March, but went on good runs in between. He has has also had barren spells in his career - at Sheffield United and Scunthorpe, where he could not get starts in the team and the goals almost dried up. And he reckons the secret to getting on the scoresheet is in his head as well as his feet. “This season I have had a much better support structure, with my family and friends around me,” he said. “We have had a sports psychologist, Steve Sylvester, who has helped me from the start. That has been important. He was coming in every day for probably six weeks and sent me his book DETOX YOUR EGO to read. And he is always available to speak with on the phone if I need him". “Everything we talk about is team-based - it is not about me or any individual. Every player can be replaced by someone who can do a similar job or maybe even better for the team. “He has helped the gaffer to make me realise that and understand my role - my importance for the team. “Since then, I have enjoyed success - and so has the club. That means me scoring goals and us winning games. “The team might easily have achieved success without me - so it is about me doing a job. We talk about my responsibility within the structure - and it is to score goals. “In recent weeks, we have been getting results because we have taken our chances when they have come to us. “I have been through games where I have had four, five or even six opportunities and come off thinking I don’t know how I have not scored. Everyone gets upset and frustrated about that sort of thing. “Then we have had games like last weekend’s win over Plymouth where we might have had the better chances but this time we have taken them. I?had one saved at point-blank range but scored one. Other than one for Bayo Akinfenwa, I can’t think of us getting another opportunity. The few we had, we took. “Against Wycombe Wanderers, the weekend before, we dominated and won but it was not the same. I don’t care how the wins come, as long as they do". “The goals seem to come in fits and starts for me. But when I am on a run, it’s about a goal a game. I need to make sure that happens more often for the last six games.” Taylor finished neatly to put the Dons 1-0 up at Plymouth, on the end of a lung-busting Jake Reeves run - the midfielder carried the ball from his own area past the centre circle and then threaded a pass to put his team-mate one-on-one with keeper Luke McCormick. “I just thought I would take it early,” said Taylor. “There is no way a keeper has time to set himself if you hit the target when it looks like you are still shaping to shoot. I knew that if I hit it early, unless the ball hits him, it goes in. “A lot of the time, it is just instinct, though. We do shooting drills, which is mostly technique based. But you cannot re-create finishing for games. I practise it every single day - and always get told I have done enough and should stop so I don’t have heavy legs for the game on the Saturday. “What I love is scoring goals at any time - in training, in games, with my mates. “That’s what I will be doing in the summer, like I have done every summer during my career - playing with my friends in London. Then again, I have not been playing down here until now. “It is a strange thing about forwards - we just love scoring. Defenders only want to kick us and hoof the ball away. I think that is more weird.” Taylor likes to play golf to wind down, so he does that on his days off and during the summer. “I play against my mates from Bournemouth - or I play in Spain on holiday,” he said. “I am what is known as a shark - I don’t play off a handicap but I always win. No one likes to be up against me.” That’s probably true when it comes to AFC Wimbledon games, too. 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