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TEAM?

July 23, 2009

Are you a team player?  When someone asks you to jump in and tackle a project that isn’t your “real” job, do you accept the challenge?  In this situation many ask, “What’s in it for me?”  And to that question, my answer is plenty.

HARD_HAT_WITH_GLOVESIt is easy to be motivated to work as a team on a challenging project when the task at hand is glamorous and will get you recognized.  But what about when the teamwork means putting in a little elbow grease for a less glamorous result?  Yesterday the Career Services team at Herzing University tackled one of these projects.  Of course, nothing is ever as easy as it seems, so when the office furniture we worked together to build presented far more challenges than anticipated we put our heads together to make things work.

It is a privilege for me to be a part of the wonderful team of career services professionals at Herzing University that work as a team in every sense of the word.  Whether we are coaching graduates on interview skills, assisting with resume preparation, celebrating a student landing a great job, or constructing office furniture, we work as a team. So, when the going got tough with our day of construction, we transformed from resume builders to desk builders.  We got a little sweaty, had some laughs, and in the end expanded our office space to accommodate our new hire starting on Monday.  Not bad for a day’s work!  Today we are all a little banged up, beat up, bruised up but enjoying recanting yesterday’s adventures.

So, the question is, why?  Why do we come together as a team to do these not-so-glamorous tasks and what do we gain from it?  For our team, it was a bonding experience.  We worked together to overcome obstacles and learned about each other in the process.  When the office furniture delivery truck arrived, we strategized the best method to get from point A to point B using a cart with a missing wheel.  When the desks we built weren’t coming together as the directions indicated, we put our heads together to devise a solution to drill screws into non-existent holes.  When we were tasked with cleaning up our construction mess, we put our heads together and let the snowy Wisconsin winter work in our favor when we slid a six foot desktop to the dumpster “sled-style”.

The next time you are asked to do something beyond your job description, say yes.  It just may turn into a teambuilding experience filled with obstacles, laughter, and an all-around rewarding opportunity to work together.

Feel free to email me at keilers@onl.herzing.edu and check out Herzing University Online at http://www.herzingonline.edu/.

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