Team Building

The last couple days have all been marked with special experiences…. I went to see the play ‘guess who’s coming to dinner’ in the Guthrie theatre in Minneapolis. That play reminds me once again how prejudiced we can be to those that are different. An old movie with a very relevant theme. It’s hard to accept those that are different to us, whether it’s because of culture, beliefs or skin colour. I know I don’t see different skin tones, but I can’t say I never feel prejudiced towards others with different customs and believes!

Tonight was our work team building event. Not everyone was able to make it..but for those that could…we went axe throwing… not something I would choose to do, and of course I suck at it big time… but it taught me something… I don’t need to be good at something in order for me to enjoy it. Quite a different thought for me…as my husband reminded me, I can be rather competitive…. today I could rejoice in the fact that everyone was achieving well, except for me.. and that’s ok! The teams were fun, friendly banter…and an opportunity to see colleagues away from the seriousness and business of work.

Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and have fun with those whom we spend so much time with. Life is more than hitting deadlines and achieving at work… also this was an opportunity to let go of preconceived ideas and prejudices about colleagues… see them in a different way. As I hope they will see me in a different way also.

Team… that rocked… let’s do it again some day (when I can move my arms and shoulders again!)

Work Matters

Even if we work to live, and don’t live to work, some weeks are all about he job… this has been one of them. While in beautiful Costa Rica, I was actually managing one of the biggest work challenges since I got this job. A software upgrade, involving 100’s of impacted users and 1000’is of invoices flowing through a workflow system. And it went almost flawless! No major issues reported, and the system stable in a few days. A very proud moment! It would be a lie to say this was all due to my efforts… it was a team effort of 7 people plus all the support of the wider teams….

and now? A real Sabbath rest….. a pause, a comma in the working week… time to rejuvenate and reconnect. Time for praising the One who makes our successes possible.

Its important to take moments like these to celebrate, as sometimes it can all be looking like all efforts are insignificant….

Happy Sabbath all!