Marching to Success
- Communicating information, sharing assignments and working cohesively with the FFL team
- Appreciating and leveraging the strengths of others, relying on them for help, input and feedback
- Volunteering to help someone else complete a task without expecting credit for it
When someone mentions teamwork, people generally think of team sports like basketball, football, etc. I never competed in team sports, other than some local school court neighborhood street hockey. So, any time I think of teamwork, I’m first reminded of my high school band. Specifically, memories come to mind, of performing at football games and at contests comes to mind. Looking back, there are specific instances that stand out in my mind, most of which were some of our best performances or favorite shows. I can still picture coming to attention and stepping onto the field in unison, and then the feeling of playing and marching a show as close to perfection as possible. There was nothing better than coming off the field, with the stands cheering, knowing that we had performed our best and had achieved our goals. Sure, I devoted a lot of individual time and preparation to the band, but the importance of the ability to work together in achieving these successes, cannot go overlooked.
The core principals are not that much different, when operating in a team environment within a workplace. It is essential to develop a trust in all team members, effectively communicate, and rely on other teammates strengths and experience, for the betterment of ourselves and of the team. When applying teamwork principles, goals become more obtainable and more can be achieved, compared to everyone working independently. It is always more satisfying to be able to celebrate successes and accomplishments with others.
Key Words and Phrases
Reliance and interdependence; Common goals; Shared responsibility; Cooperation; Mutual accountability; Blended strengths; Esprit de corps; Trust in one another.
Going it alone; Not trusting others; Not supporting others; Not relying on others.
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- May 15, 2020 - Teamwork
- May 22, 2020 - Share the Reason
- June 5, 2020 - Offer No Excuses
- June 12, 2020 - Intentional Learning
- June 19, 2020 - Calming Presence
- June 26, 2020 - Commitment
- July 10, 2020 - Reliability
- July 17, 2020 - Proactive
- July 24, 2020 - Neatness Counts
- July 31, 2020 - Understand the Reason
- August 7, 2020 - Thoroughness
- August 14, 2020 - Reinforce the Good
- August 21, 2020 - Your Best Work Forward
- August 28, 2020 - Timeliness
- September 4, 2020 - Focus
- September 11, 2020 - Professionalism
- September 18, 2020 - Solution-Minded
- September 25, 2020 - Work by Design