There is this thing to be said for team work. Actually there are a lot of things said about team work but there is one thing that remains no matter what team you are in. Commitment to the process. JCI London Deputy President Soraya Bowen dropped a message into the Annual Dinner Team WhatsApp group chat. It said,
“Our journey isn’t perfect but it’s ours … and I’ll stick with you ’til the end”
Now what Soraya won’t know until she reads this post or somebody tells her, is that at precisely that moment she sent that message to our group chat, I was looking at an email she had sent and was thinking “I wish she had spoken to me before she sent that email”. Now here’s is my point, I knew that even though I didn’t understand the circumstances that lead to the email she had sent, I trusted her. I would still need to ask her to help me understand her choice, but I trusted her. The reason why I trusted her is because since Soraya was elected as my deputy, she has lived these words “Our journey isn’t perfect but it’s ours … and I’ll stick with you ’til the end”. Soraya is committed to the process. She’s not the only one. I have to name a few others notably Ola Szaran, Matt Beaven and Svenja Koeppe.
Sometimes team work requires some of your best people to tackle tasks that are thankless. These are tasks that no one else wants because of the high risks of failure, ongoing intensity, the promise of high stress levels and credit, if any, will not be given if mistakes are made. Sometimes being in a team is having the willingness to allow people the time to make a choice that you wouldn’t make yourself and allow them the opportunity to make decisions, learn from their choices and support them to make amends if the journey isn’t perfect.
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