Creative Team Building

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The NTSB official adamantly explained how the crew and passengers survived a near catastrophe in the incredible forced water landing of US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York City back in January. The crew worked as a team, not as individuals - and that saved the lives of all 155 people aboard.

The message was clear: when individuals know how to work together as a team, it makes all the difference in the world.

The plus for women is that we to tend to move toward the team model intuitively, out of our instinctive desire for community. Let's look at characteristics of a team that can translate both to the workplace and ministry context:

Vision

Where is it written that teams must be made up of six people, or any other number? Perhaps only three women have been assigned to a team, or that's all that showed up for a volunteer assignment. Work with what you have. With an impassioned heart, and the Holy Spirit's guidance, women can ignite the workplace or church.

Some women will continually complain about the resources their team doesn't have to be successful. Remember, five loaves and two fish once fed 5,000 men plus women and children - and there were leftovers. Robin Chaddock (How to Find Your Personal Path to Success: Keys to Living Out Your Purpose and Passion) says God has already given us what we need in our own lunch bag. So open it up and start looking at what's inside. It's enough to get you started. If each team member does a self assessment, you'll probably find that, collectively, you have most of the tools you need and the ingenuity to obtain the rest.

Equality

For the female demographic that, in the last century, made equality its banner, team members need to see each other as equal parts of the whole. Jennifer Epperson, Station Manager of WRMB in Boynton Beach, Fla., leads a group of staff and volunteers. This group meets regularly with the directive to each bring three ideas for ?on air' features. These seed thoughts have potential to grow into something valuable as others water it with their own input. This discipline brings together varied ideas that come from places like observing a TV show, an internet site, an inspiring piece of art, a comment from the Starbuck's barista or someone at church to from observing the needs of others or from one's own heart. At your next team meeting, each team member commit to bring three ideas to help move the group forward toward its call or to problem solve an issue. In this way, the head Deacon or Deaconess, the Women's Ministry Leader or the group manager in the workplace is no longer responsible to solve everything nor always expected to drive creativity.

April13, 2009 at 9:28 PM

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