The Win-Win-Win of Teamwork

This month’s topic is teamwork and it’s everywhere I look!  We’re seeing lots of divides and coming together over some really challenging topics and events, from the ruling on marriage to the deaths in Charleston.  Teamwork is many things: it means we’re not alone, it means we don’t have to be everything for everyone, it means that we can win more often and it means that others can win more often too.  Teamwork is one of the best ways to create more win-win-win situations.  You’ve probably heard about win-win situations, in which both parties involved can win, but when you get to win-win-win decisions it means that not only are both parties satisfied with the outcome, they’re also aware of how their wins affect others in the greater world and have done their best to make it a good thing for them too.

Some of my most satisfying teamwork experiences come from the missions/charity work I’ve done in the past.  Seeing the joy on a child’s face because you chose to partner with them or give them something they didn’t have before or the transformation you were able to make for a family who had very little by building or doing something is a huge reward.  It’s not always about what you get out of being part of the team, it’s about the difference you can make for someone else.

And it’s when you’re in it for someone else that the greatest impact can be had on your life without you even trying, which is why some of those missions/charity work made such an impact on my life.  Giving back is one of the quickest ways to remind yourself that you’re not alone but that you’re part of something much bigger than you see on a regular basis.  As connected as we are through the internet these days we’re also really isolated and in our own worlds, but it’s through teamwork that we regain our perspective and discover exactly how much world there is out there beyond us.

“Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.” Arnold Schwarzenegger

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