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Hello! I Could Use a Little Team Effort Here!

I’ve discussed a great deal about our team here at Pole Position Marketing, but only because we have such a fantastic crew of marketing professionals, that bragging about them is easy. But aside from each of their individual accomplishments and capabilities, I’m also pleased with their ability to work and collaborate with each other. In short, our team excels at teamwork!

We’ve all heard the saying, “two heads are better than one,” and I’m sure we all know the truth in that. This concept is certainly not new and dates back to King Solomon in the Old Testament when he wrote the following:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

I especially like that last line. Not only is he saying “two are better than one,” but he’s also making a point to say that “three are even better.” I’ve got five! And dare I say, I’ve got the five most exceptional marketers in Reno! I love the team’s ability to collaborate, come up with new ideas and work together helping each of us get our prospective tasks accomplished.

If this post sounds self-congratulatory, it’s not. It’s not about me at all, but it IS about my crew. I don’t say it enough so I’ll say it here, publicly to each of them: Thank you. I could not do any of this without you.

Oh, and be good while I’m on vacation!

I’ll leave with this great story on the value of the team effort:

It would have taken too long to carry all the bricks down by hand, so I decided to put them in a barrel and lower them by a pulley which I had fastened to the top of the building. After tying the rope securely at ground level, I then went up to the top of the building, I fastened the rope around the barrel, loaded it with bricks, and swung it over the sidewalk for the descent. Then I went down to the sidewalk and untied the rope, holding it securely to guide the barrel down slowly. But since I weigh only 140 pounds, the 500 pound load jerked me from the ground so fast that I didn’t have time to think of letting go of the rope. As I passed between the second and third floors I met the barrel coming down. This accounts for the bruises and the lacerations on my upper body.

I held tightly to the rope until I reached the top where my hand became jammed in the pulley. This accounts for my broken thumb.

At the same time, however, the barrel hit the sidewalk with a bang and the bottom fell out. With the weight of the bricks gone, the barrel weighed only about 40 pounds. Thus my 140 pound body began a swift descent, and I met the empty barrel coming up. This accounts for my broken ankle.

Slowed only slightly, I continued the descent and landed on the pile of bricks. This accounts for my sprained back and broken collar bone.

At this point I lost my presence of mind completely, and I let go the rope and the empty barrel came crashing down on me. This accounts for my head injuries.

And as for the last question on your insurance form, “What would I do if the same situations rose again?” Please be advised that I am finished trying to do the job all by myself.

Have you thanked your team publicly lately?

Stoney G deGeyter

Stoney deGeyter is the author of The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!. He is the founder and CEO of Pole Position Marketing, a web presence optimization firm whose pit crew has been velocitizing websites since 1998. In his free time Stoney gets involved in community services and ministries with his “bride enjoy” and his children. Read Stoney’s full bio.

3 Responses to Hello! I Could Use a Little Team Effort Here!

  1. Diana Adams says:

    Thanks Stoney!

    Right back atcha. You make this place an enjoyable work environment, it’s easy to pull together and work as a team. It’s your example that we all follow.

    Have a good week and we will be good. Maybe.

  2. Katie Cummings says:

    Diana- you make it great here you little brown noser, hee hee.

    Stoney- I promise not to pass out on the pool table again. Have a great vacation!

  3. Ed Adkins says:

    Yeah- I second third all that! PPM is great because of the people we’ve got. The people and the pool table. The people, the pool table and the porn.

    Ok, no porn but I had to keep going with the “P” words and we could always use the increased search traffic…