I have worked in many teams, in many organisations with many different people and personalities. And I thought I had seen the best in team work ….. until I joined an amazing group of people this year.
You want to talk about team work – this team can show you a thing or two. I have never seen people jump into action so quickly, without question and without any expectations.
Firstly, we don’t work in the same office (at least not all of us) and I, for one, work extremely far – across the ocean – another continent. Technology does not separate us at all (thank goodness for that). In fact, we speak and liaise with each other probably more than some bosses and their assistants do. And that is saying something.
We have a Whatsapp group which is a blessing. Anyone can put their thoughts or ask for help and someone is bound to ‘put their hand up’ and volunteer – in fact, not even that someone just takes the reigns and runs with what needs to be done.
Secondly, we respect and admire each other – each person has their own skill set, strength, area of expertise and no one tries to take over or step anyone’s toes. And even though we all have different skill sets, we can still do with help and not be shy to ask for it. And we don’t care if someone happens to take over – we see it as help and a relief for the one under pressure.
Thirdly, you always get a ‘THANK YOU’. Not that one expects it at all. It just comes whenever it is due and many a time, I get caught off balance because that is something my bosses failed to do. They very, very rarely said ‘thank you’ or ‘job well done’ – and I am sure I am not the only one here who has had that experience.
Working with this wonderful group of people has put my faith back in humanity – I love the dynamics, I love the different personalities, I love the quirks and the fun we have even when we work hard. We teach each other, we mentor one another, we lift each other up all the time.
We may be a small group, but we are certainly a dynamic force.