The Chairman's Corner
by Jay Casey
The importance of teamwork! It is a concept we hear quite often with phrases such as: “building the right team,” “there is no ‘I’ in team” or “our team is only as strong as our weakest link” are frequently tossed around. We are frequently part of several teams at work, at home and in our community. Some of us are leaders and some are followers. As the household goods moving peak season comes to an end, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the successes of our team. How did we do this summer? Do we need to review the basics; should we promote from within? When a team member fails, who is at fault? Leaders should be leading their teams to success, not pushing them. Has the leader shared his or her vision? If not, how are we supposed to get somewhere if we don’t know where we are going?
If we look at any successful team, what is essential? I think a few things that are a must are: communication, understanding your part and a common goal. Communication is not just sitting in a room talking about issues, but also having a clear and concise objective, staying focused on the matter at hand and having a plan of action. Like any good sports team the players are always talking, supporting each other and working out the obstacles. Your team is no different; just pick up the ball and score. Know your part, this is very important. Otherwise, like the old saying goes, “Too many chiefs and not enough indians.” You need to know your responsibility for your team to work. Your job as a team member is not less or more important than someone else. A respected mentor once told me to remember all jobs are important. The new hire sweeping the warehouse floor and the CEO are both important to the success of the team. The common goal should also be relevant and should reflect forward thinking that can propel the team to success. Does everyone understand the goal? Does everyone know what is needed of them to accomplish the goal?
The CMSA Executive Board had the opportunity to meet at a retreat in late August. We were able to discuss issues affecting our association. Our meeting was extremely productive and positive. I am very proud of the Executive Board for the time and energy they put forth at this retreat. I can honestly say that the team we have put together to represent the CMSA is going to be communicative, focused, and forward-thinking and will propel us to the next level of success!
Please remember you are all part of the CMSA team. Your support and participation at the chapter level is important to our success. Your involvement will benefit the Association as well as your own team.
- CMSA Communicator