Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
For most of my teenage and adult life, madness has been a part of my March. I love college basketball, so each year basketball season is one of my favorite times. I love watching a team working together and rising no matter what the other team throws at them.
All of the sports I played were team sports. To me, there is nothing like being a part of and watching a team playing/working well together.
I am aware that my team mentality is often lost on those who didn’t play sports or played individual sports, but most workplaces want someone who is a team player. Even the college classes I teach require some part of the work to be produced by a team.
Every team has a leader—a true leader. It doesn’t matter the sport and it doesn’t matter the position or role within the team unit. Invariably a team leader will emerge and provide encouragement, guidance and support for the rest of the team. A team who respects and trusts the leader will work well as a unit. A team who doesn’t, isn’t likely to do as well.
Last year, as I launched the wellness initiatives at work, there wasn’t a team. It was just me to start with, and I couldn’t wait to get others on board. I worked with other teams and remembered just how much fun it can be when everyone works together and does their part to find creative solutions. And of course, just how frustrating it can be when it doesn’t work so well.
In a short time, the team has grown. The team has not only grown with employees, but also with volunteer team members and other partner agencies. I look forward to watching the teamwork become more seamless as we all move forward. And to then watch how much better we are all able to impact someone’s life as we do so.
It is almost as exciting to me as watching the tournament games, but as I am watching the games, I am really looking at the teamwork from a bigger vantage point.
What I know for sure is that at some point along the way in this life, we are going to need a team. It might be a treatment team or some other group of folks banning together to help us get through something we never imagined. Should that happen again in my life, I certainly want to have a team that works well together guiding me through the madness.