Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Teamwork

Posted July 8, 2014 by El
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Back to basics today. Teamwork.

Back in February, Inc.com published a list of “15 Quotes to Inspire Great Teamwork.”   Of course, words alone won’t do. But, quotes can be  great way to reinforce a message. Below are the top four teamwork quotes on the Inc.com list. You can use one to wrap up an email, close a team huddle, or post on a department news board.

Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. -Vince Lombardi

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. -Michael Jordan

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. -Andrew Carnegie

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. -Helen Keller

If you want the rest of the list, click here and enjoy!

How can you help your team be amazing? Read 7 Habits of Extraordinary Teams on Inc.com to get started. 

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by history

Posted July 1, 2014 by El
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July 4th is more than parades, picnics & fireworks. It is Independence Day in the U.S., commemorating the 1776 signing of the thirteen colonies’ declaration of independence from Great Britain.

Although this historic event was 239 years ago, wisdom from the signatories still applies to what we do today.

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions. -John Hancock (the first to sign)

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it. -Benjamin Franklin (the oldest signer, 70 yrs)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. -Thomas Jefferson (drafted the document)

I hope you’ll pause for a moment this weekend and remember the real reason for the holiday. Happy birthday, USA!

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by a problem

Posted June 24, 2014 by El
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All of us encounter problems now and then; at work, at home, or in the community. How we choose to face the problem has a direct impact on how it is resolved. Do you view it as a burden or an opportunity? Do you tackle it head on? Do you hand it off to someone else?  Do you sweep it under the rug?

Yesterday, I found myself sounding very much like Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell in Apollo 13.

“Houston, we have a problem.”

Fortunately, what could have been a significant problem was short-lived as I learned that someone else had recognized the same problem and took action.

I don’t use the word “problem” too often so, of course, it was a Tidbit inspiration. Here are some thoughts to help us see that our problems may not be the problem!

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. -John Gardner

The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. -Captain Jack Sparrow

Problems are like washing machines; they twist us, spin us and knock us around, but in the end we come out cleaner, brighter and better than before. -Sea Publications

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. -kushandwisdom.tumblr

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by a long wait

Posted June 17, 2014 by El
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Does this look familiar?  If you travel a lot, it just might.  Last week, a co-worker and I had to wait at the Tampa airport for a late night flight, which was delayed.  And delayed again.  And delayed again.

This is us, at some point in the evening, waiting.

Waiting

He suggested that the photo would be a good Tuesday Tidbit prompt.  I agreed. Here are some quotes on patience!

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. -John Quincy Adams

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. -Joyce Meyer

Do you have the patience to wait until the mud settles and the water is clear? -Tao Te Ching

Patience and perseverance, if we have them, overcome mountains of difficulties. -M.K. Ghandi

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by planning

Posted June 10, 2014 by El
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[My peers and I] are engaged in an operations planning meeting this week. It’s going to be a long and tedious week but the rewards will be great as we move into the future with confidence.

Here are some thoughts on the importance of planning. Perhaps they’ll have meaning for you, too.

A goal without a plan is just a wish. -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. -Benjamin Franklin

If you don’t know exactly where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? -Steve Maraboli

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. -Alan Lakein

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Tuesday Tidbit inspired by Maya Angelou

Posted June 3, 2014 by El
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I was sad to hear of Maya Angelou‘s passing last week.  Her life story is fascinating, her stories and poetry beautiful, her wisdom for the ages.  So, of course, I had to find a way to make it work related!

In a 2012 interview with Beautifully Said Magazine, Dr. Angelou said:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Now read it with a leadership perspective, substituting the word “people” with “your team members” and the word “you” with “I”.

I’ve learned that my team members will forget what I said, my team members will forget what I did, but my team members will never forget how I made them feel.

Food for thought.

 

Tuesday Tidbits are weekly messages I send to my leadership team. They are generally short & sweet, often focused on leadership or teamwork, always positive and, hopefully, motivational. I hope you also find some meaning in them.

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Thank You Thursday inspired by our 35th anniversary

Posted May 29, 2014 by El
Categories: Aging, Living Fully Present, Quotes, Thank-You Thursday

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In a few days, my husband and I will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We have reached that point at which younger people ask, “What’s your secret?”

Wedding photoThere is no secret.

Two people. Love for each other. Shared commitment.

It’s that simple. It’s that complicated.

Today, I am thankful for 35 years of love and commitment between my husband and I.

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We had a simple church wedding with both a pastor and priest presiding (somewhat radical for the 70s!).  Our six readings provided the foundation for our life together, including the frequently used Corinithians 13:4-8 passage:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

The passage that was the basis of the Pastor’s medication that day was Colossians 3:12-17:

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

No, there is no secret.

Two people. Love for each other. Shared commitment.

It’s that simple. It’s that complicated.

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What are you thankful for?

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