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Amy's Reflections

April 1, 2019

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” ~ Mother Theresa

Andrew came home this week and shared that he didn’t think he was going to play baseball after this year. When I started to question him about it he shared that it is just focused on winning and not having fun. It made me laugh because he can be highly competitive, but definitely is happy working independently and can find joy in being alone. However, the whole point of being on a team is working hard to lift each other up and achieve the team goal whatever that may be. He also shared that he gets hit a lot and he doesn’t really enjoy that. Bingo, we may have found the real reason. Andrew is our lefty and he definitely gets hit pretty much every time he is up to bat so I can understand his hesitation on this one.  

I was reading an article on teamwork the other day and one of the things that stuck out the most to me was the sentence “the goal is more important than the role”. I love this and completely agree. I am so fortunate to work with such and amazing team that is committed to our overall goal of taking amazing care of our patients. My role in that is very small but I am so blessed to be part of the process.  We are successful because we have a collection of people that put the good of the team ahead of their own good. Everyone has strengths and everyone has weaknesses and that is why we are most successful in a team environment because we maximize each other’s strengths to benefit the team as a whole. We met for nurse leaders and discussed an particularly difficult process with a lot of different entry points. We as a team asked Alison Angstrom if she would assist with process mapping on this process as this is one of her many strengths. My challenge to you this week is to take a moment and really identify the strengths of the team you are working with. How can you maximize these strengths to help the team and to problem solve. 

“We don’t work for each other, we work with each other.” ~ Stanley C. Gault



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