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TEAM, TEAM-MATE, TEAM-WORK = SUCCESS

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Real Estate Agent with ERA Team IV Homes

I have found that we are always forming some type of team, be it at work, with family,friends,neighbors,etc...

 "Team" - a number of people associated in some joint action.    

 "Team-mate" - a member of the same team. 

 "Team-work" - cooperative/coordinated effort by a group of persons acting together as a team for a common cause.

What makes a successful "Team"?

I believe with a successful team there must be a strong team leader, that everyone trusts & respects.   When that is in place, the team-mates must all be working toward the same goal (team-work) in order for the team to be successful.  Team-mates must have mutual trust and respect also, because if they don't in the end they will be part of an unsuccessful team.

I have been a part of many teams, some more successful than others.  I have seen teams fall apart because of greed and selfishness and in the end everyone ends up a loser.  Why is it that people can't see that being greedy and selfish gets them nowhere in the end?   Maybe it's all part of the "Me" society we have become, I don't know.  A team CAN NOT be successful if the team-mates have to be constantly watching their backs, because it wastes vaulable time and energy that should be invested in whatever project they are working on at the time.  We all want to be part of a successful team and in order to do that the team must work together not against each other. 

Some people believe they go through life, making it on their own with no one helping them.  I beg to differ on that.  Throughout our lives, there is always someone there being a team-mate in some form.  Sometimes it just doesn't appear that way until you take a good long look at it. 

We are all part of some type of team everyday of our lives, what kind of team-mate are you? 

 

 

Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
TEAM= Together Everyone Achieves More. This is an Excellent post Debbie!
Jul 14, 2007 12:20 AM
Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

Monika,

Thank you and I love your definition of Team!

Jul 14, 2007 10:26 PM
Danielle V. Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
DDR Realty

This is an uplifting blog...I always strive to be an informative, helpful team member. That's what makes this business and world go round.

Aug 01, 2007 12:06 AM
William "Billy B" Berthiaume II
Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services - West Palm Beach, FL

When I a trying to motivate people I work with or friends and family I always use the line - "Alone I am strong - together, as a team, we are unstoppable!"  Teams are a great thing - if you have the right players playing the right positions to their best ability.

Aug 01, 2007 02:40 AM
Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

Danielle,

I agree, even though we are independant contractors we must also work as a team to make the company stronger.  Thank you for your comment.

Aug 01, 2007 03:07 AM
Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

Billy B,

I couldn't have said it better myself.  Thanks for your comment.

Aug 01, 2007 03:08 AM
Kristy Taylor
ERA CAM Realty Group - Commerce, GA
You won't make it through life without some sort of "team". Going it alone sure does make things much more difficult. Thanks for the blog
Aug 03, 2007 02:22 AM
closed account
Coral Springs, FL
That is SO true!  A reliable trustworthy leader is needed for the success of a team!
Aug 21, 2007 02:23 AM
Chrissy Harrison
Referral Only Realty - Longmont, CO
Great post - sorry I just came across it tonight. I agree, working in a productive TEAM and moving toward the same goal is not only productive, but uplifting too. I can't say enough about the people I work with in my company. It is truly a joy to go to work.
Aug 21, 2007 03:02 PM
Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

Kristy,

That is so true.  Doing things alone can be very difficult. 

Aug 22, 2007 01:39 AM
Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

Jamie,

As the saying goes "You are only as strong as your weakest link". 

Aug 22, 2007 01:40 AM
Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

Chrissy,

It's wonderful to feel joy when going to work.  I don't think there is anything worse than not liking your job. 

Aug 22, 2007 01:42 AM
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management

Debbie,

Thanks for the post. I am fortunate to be with my company for over 24 years. Many of the people I work with have tenures over fifteen years. We are a team. Only one agent in my office has an assistant, the rest of us support each others efforts and we foster this concept with new hires. When we say "Team ERA", it is not an empty chant, it is the epitome of our relationship. Now to be a Rainer, just furthers the circle of support. The information imparted here amongst Rainers, goes a long way toward helping enrich our lives on many levels. This is worthy of a gold star!

Aug 22, 2007 02:05 PM
Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

William,

 

Thank you for your comment. 

Aug 23, 2007 06:57 AM
Matthew Zgonc
Aksland Real Estate - Modesto, CA
Realtor, CFS, CVS
I agree that without teamwork and having to watch your back it is difficult to be successful.
Feb 02, 2008 06:09 PM
Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

Matthew,

Yes, it seems we must watch our backs more and more these days.   Thanks.   

 

Feb 05, 2008 03:24 AM
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management

Debbie,

Thanks for the post. Of course you know the ERA motto. The team spirit can be infectious. I am fortunate to have been with ERA for my 25 year career. The agents have changed over the years but the team spirit is still as strong as it was day one! Go TEAM ERA!

 

Feb 06, 2008 02:05 PM
Roland Woodworth
Blue Cord Realty - Clarksville, TN
Blue Cord Realty
Great Post.... I have always said Together Everyone Achieves More
Feb 06, 2008 05:40 PM
Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

William,

Thank you!   Yes agents come and go, but I agree the spirit stays.  

Feb 07, 2008 01:05 AM
Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

Roland,

Thanks and I couldn't have said it better myself.

Feb 07, 2008 01:11 AM