I received a rather unusual end-of-the-day text message from Laurize the other night. It said:
“TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More. Good night!”
While we talk about this acronym every time we hold team building seminars (which we have been doing quite a lot since the fourth quarter of last year), I found the message unusual because one, she doesn’t usually send good-night messages and two, because I couldn’t see how the content had anything to do with wishing people a good night’s rest.
I had to ask where that came from. I couldn’t agree with her more when she said, “We got to talk about it earlier. I just think it’s good to remind ourselves of that every now and then.”
The week is about to end. So far, I have had to be in five meetings on Tuesday, one team meeting for an event we’re organizing and another one-on-one meeting with a colleague to iron out some volunteer management issues yesterday, and an admin meeting this morning. A few more meetings are lined-up for tomorrow and Saturday.
Meetings would be a waste of time for some. This week, I realized it’s only a waste of time if people are not committed to get things done, if tasks are not clearly communicated and properly delegated, if people do not clearly understand the “whys” before they are given the “hows”.
Also, I got reminded of this verse:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” -Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
I am blessed to be part of teams whose members are committed and dedicated on the one hand and totally fun to be with on the other. But above everything else, I am blessed that we are one in our vision to Honor God and Make Disciples.
I am soooo looking forward to more “team” work weeks!