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Grateful for Teamwork (TY-22)



I deeply appreciate teamwork! Let me share a story that has been passed along in my circles for at least a decade. I have no idea who first wrote it, but it needs to be shared as an example what teamwork is not:

This is a story of four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry with that because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what  Anybody could have done.

To this date these four people are still arguing why Nobody did the job.

This story also brought to mind a quote by Thomas Jefferson: “Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.”

Teamwork and cooperation is all about working together, delegating parts of the whole to tackle a challenge that one person alone cannot do. Certainly if it is single task that one can do alone, there is no need to delegate; however, if it is a large project or endeavor, then teamwork becomes imperative. There is no time for arguing or debate. I am grateful for teamwork where there is productive meeting of the minds, where everyone has the same vision and goal. I appreciate the efforts of each person on that team who make the project possible, such as a major fund-raiser for a worthy and charitable organization. A successful fund-raiser needs a team of people to work together.

I am grateful specifically to the volunteers and team players who made a recent fund-raiser for the Friends of the Poquoson Public Library successful and fun! Over 30 people were involved sharing many hours organizing volunteers, creating and placing public announcements, collecting books, sorting books, setting up the space of the fund-raising event (tent, tables, books), selling the books, cleaning up, etc. I would like to thank each and every one who were involved! Thank you so much for contributing your team spirit! You made the event worthwhile and successful!

Comments on: "Grateful for Teamwork (TY-22)" (2)

  1. Doc Angi,
    There is no “i” in TEAM, but to “tame” a larger project requires teamwork. I am glad your recent fund-raiser was such a success for the library, indeed a very worthwhile cause. ❤

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