Teamwork is Key

Last month I moved into a new office at 89 Canterbury Street. If you’re like me, packing, lifting furniture, and unpacking isn’t up there on your list of favourite things to do. But I was extremely grateful for the strong arms, careful movements, and communication skills of the gentlemen from the moving company.

As they maneuvered desks, tables, and cabinets through tapered hallways and narrow turns, I marvelled at their teamwork. The communication back and forth was constant. “You have about five inches above your head.” “Watch your footing. There’s a one six-inch step behind you.” “I’m at the bottom, guys, so lower it gently to me.”

Meanwhile, the owner was calling the time and status of the job. “We have two more cabinets and this stack of boxes to move, guys. We need to leave in 20 minutes for our next job.”

Serving your teammates. Moving well with guidance from your friends. These were key to the efficiency of this team.

How does this apply to your family or your team?

  • Are you sure that everyone is aware of the latest changes to the schedule?
  • Are you looking out for each other and offering to help?
  • Are you aware of how your to-do list or schedule affects someone else?
  • Do you have a way to make sure everyone knows what’s going on?

What communication lesson from the movers can you use this week with your team at home or work?

Catherine Doucette MEd, CTDP is a Training and Performance Consultant who delivers customized business communication and leadership training and helps businesses grow through strategic planning and problem solving.

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