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I bought a house last week two states away from my current home. That in and of itself is not terribly remarkable; many people do it. What is amazing is that my team and I did so in three days; buying a home that was only on the market for two days! Just like in business, hitting ridiculous deadlines and time frames usually requires a well-oiled team. As you may imagine, it was not only me that executed this outcome but my husband who worked to get the loan approval letter while I ran around with my realtor viewing 16 out of state homes in two days (11 in just the first day)!

Lest I forget, it also took the immediate assistance of the seller’s agent, loan company, the real estate office’s receptionist and lastly, the home’s current owners who I was able to talk face to face with to seal the deal. Bottom line, any modification to the chain of events and folks involved and I would have come home without a place to live in July…

If you are currently considering building a team to accomplish a program, project, or goal, you may wish to consider the following concepts regarding the give and take of working with others…

When choosing team members strive towards synergy (i.e., the whole is greater than the sum of its parts). This will ensure your collective thinking, resourcefulness, and innovation will surpass the outcomes any one of you can accomplish alone. Solid teams cultivate the skills of fellow members and give wings to one another’s thoughts and ideas. Just as an x-ray probes deep into our marrow, healthy teams foster a capacity for inward self-reflection, stopping periodically to discuss how they’re working as a team (if only for 5 minutes) so they may expand and deepen their impact.

Going forward, keeping these concepts in mind, focus on how you will identify needs of fellow team members (as appropriate) while ensuring you partner with those who will support your personal or professional goals and objectives. Who knows, you might just create a ridiculously amazing story of your own in the process.