Teamwork gone viral
If you're one of the ten or eleven people who has not seen the footage (or at least heard the story) of how the Auburn Tigers defeated their arch-rival, the number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, on an improbable, last-second (literally) 109-yard runback of a missed field goal for a game-winning, game-ending touchdown, here you go:
We post this not only because it's spectacular entertainment (to everyone except Alabama fans), but because it exemplifies a great tenet we love to emphasize about teamwork.
Great teams don't give up. They don't give up on their goal, and they don't give up on each other - no matter how improbable their odds of success. (To say this method of scoring touchdowns and winning ball games is rare would be the height of understatement.)
So now Auburn is headed to their conference championship game. Alabama, long considered the odds-on favorite to win the national championship, will watch the game on TV.
Or maybe, they'll watch this now-viral video of their opponent, Chris Davis, demonstrating how great teams persevere.
It might make them a better team.
Giving thanks is good for team-building
Giving thanks is good for team building.
First, if you are doing it right, you are probably giving thanks for the great team you have around you. They help make you more effective and help make the workday more enjoyable.
Remember to say it out loud. "Thank you, team." (Yes, when they are in the room.)
Second, you can bond with your team by giving thanks. You will find that you are thankful for similar things - your great work environment, team mates, supportive bosses, super support staff, a livable wage.
But third, if you go a step further - give thanks by giving back - you can take team bonding to a whole new level.
Getting your group together to do some community service, or playing a philanthropic "CSR" oriented game like Operation Care Kit, Freewheel or Play it Forward, can create lasting memories of fun, laughter, communication and trust. And, of course, moments of generosity that you'll cherish for a lifetime.
So, take a moment to give thanks. For your team, with your team, to your team.
Your team will be better for it.
Has your team thanked our Veterans enough?
Have you given sufficient thanks to our veterans after a one-day holiday?
In case you haven't, we have a way for you to give back a little more to the men and women who defend our freedoms and way of life.
It's called Operation Care Kit. It's a way of saying "We still remember you" to the thousands of service men and women still in harm's way in service to our nation.
In Operation Care Kit, your team has fun and builds communication and trust while assembling the little extras that we take for granted every day but are sorely missed by those serving in foreign lands without access to our plentiful markets and on-line shopping malls. Things like snacks, various toiletries, an extra blanket, even a simple band-aid.
The service men and women are eternally grateful for every item received (and have even written to tell us so). Your team is stronger, our defenses are stronger... everybody wins.
We run Operation Care Kit year-round, so don't think you've missed your chance just because Veterans Day has passed us by.
And to all those who have served: Thank you.
Giving thanks for - and to - your team
It's that time of year, where we pause to give thanks for, and to, all of those around us who make our lives better. We give thanks for our health, our friends, our families, the kindness of strangers.
What about your team? Have you thanked them lately?
We know you are thankful for them. And that you want to express those thanks. But perhaps you have budget limitations, or rules governing how you spend your organization's money. Or the bottom line is so tight that there isn't much room for expenditures to express simple gratitude.
But there's a great way to thank your team without breaking the bank: engage in some fun team-building activities.
Teams who get treated to "get out of the office" days (or half-days) feel that they're appreciated by management. Recognized. Valued.
Not only that... it helps build trust, communication, cohesion and productivity.
But you don't need to tell them that.
You just need to say "Thank you."
Tonight begins a championship battle that - despite having happened three times before - no one predicted a few months ago.
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Fenway Park at 5 PM Pacific to take on the Boston Red Sox in the 109th World Series.
The Cards are not the surprise. Many predicted them to win the National League championship. It's the Red Sox who surprised people.
The Sox went from the worst team in their division in 2012 to the best in the league in 2013.
And they did it without marquee signings of big-name free agents.
They did it by getting "clubhouse guys" - guys who put the team first over their individual glory. Who buck each other up after a bad day, share credit and blame and, even when benched, don't complain - just cheer for their teammates.
The Cards, meanwhile, got where they are by "growing their own." They lead the major leagues in percentage of their roster staffed by guys they trained and brought up from their own minor league system.
That creates a great clubhouse atmosphere, too. Being rewarded for hard work and success, rather than being passed over by some big name who hasn't paid his dues in the organization.
Clubhouse guys - folks who put the team first, and who get rewarded by their teams for their effort - create champions.
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