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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Importance of Teamwork

Hello Everyone!!!!

This month, I want to talk about the importance of teamwork. I'm reminded of a special Oprah did as she was documenting the opening of her Leadership Academy for Girls in Africa. The planning and construction of the academy took five (5) years. As we know, Oprah was in Chicago taping two shows a day during that time and the public didn't know the academy was being constructed.

As I was watching the documentary, I listened very intently to the girls, ages 12-14, so articulate, excited, and displaying so much poise, as well as a desire to learn. My mind started to wonder, how can a woman in Chicago, go into another country and build a school? Most people think, "Oh, it's Oprah, she has so much money". But, it takes more than money. To be successful, you have to have a great team of people working alongside you.

As I continued to watch the documentary, I realized she has a team of over 400 people working alongside her to accomplish her goals. She has people who has expertise in certain areas, in which she is not familiar. Yet, she is NOT threaten. Many times, when we are "the boss" or in charge, we become threaten by people on our team who are smarter and take initiative. Many feel these people are trying to take over their business.

But, if you are the smartest person in your organization and/or partnership, you are in trouble!!!! I've always tried to surround myself with people who are smarter than me, make more money than me, travel internationally more than me, and have businesses more successful than mine. By doing so, I have learned so much.

In life, whether it's a marriage, relationship, friendship, or work relationship, it takes teamwork. It takes everyone involved to do their part. In all of the situations listed, you have to keep an open mind, still having a desire to learn, and try to keep a positive attitude. Also, you have to do your part in making relationships work.

There are three questions that can be asked before entering a relationship of any sort. "Can they do?, Will they do?, and Do they fit?" By answering these questions beforehand, you will not waste a lot of time.

Lastly, education is FREE and/or almost free today. Continue to take classes and if you have not gone to school, start this year!!!! You are NEVER too old to learn. Start with one class, read your trade magazines, watch the news, read the paper, and stay informed. Therefore, if you are the leader, you will have something to share with your team. As you learn, teach others!!!

Just remember: It takes TEAMWORK to make a DREAM WORK!!!!!

Until next time,
Create a Better Day!!!
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