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June 8, 2016

The Power Of Teamwork

Dear Friend,

Behind every winner is a great coach. In front of every superstar is a positive role model. Alongside every great achiever are caring people offering encouragement, support and assistance.

The great accomplishments in life are achieved by people pulling together for a common good. Embrace these truths and you hold in your hands the power of teamwork.

Use the following principles for teamwork with your family. Use the principles at work or with your friends. See yourself as a team player and use these principles to help you build a lifestyle full of accomplishment with strong relationships that will last the tests of time.

Team principles
Put the team first before yourself.
Share information openly.
Be part of the solution.
Seek first to understand everyone’s point of view.
Respect other opinions.
Ask and encourage questions.
Make rational decisions.
Eliminate internal competition.
Build trust with integrity.
Treat one another with dignity.
Commit to excellence.
Be accountable for your actions.
Accept mistakes and learn from them.
Learn continually.
Promote independence.
Be patient and a preserver of the principles.
Pull the weeds.

A lesson from a flock of geese.

As geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the bird following, by flying in a ā€œvā€ formation. The whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if any bird would fly alone. If we share a common direction and a sense of community, we can get where we are going more quickly and easily. Together we travel on the trust, experience, efforts, and focused energy of each other.

If a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly gets back into formation. So should we.

When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into formation and lets another goose fly at the point position. Sharing the hard tasks together makes us stronger together.

The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front. We need to honk too, and make sure its encouragement.

Remember the lesson from the geese. Stay together, as a team with those you care about, you will accomplish more than you ever expected. Pulling together for a common good will bring the greatest accomplishments in life; much more than you could ever get alone.
Your Friend,
Stu

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