JJ's (Aug '08) Tips in this issue:

1. Olympic Teamwork In Your Work? Tips to get it!
3. Tele-Coaching & Tele-Mentoring


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How can we use the extraordinary teamwork we saw on the television, at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, in our lives?


Most of us who did not attend the games were glued to our TV sets for the about 16 days, and especially on one Saturday night to watch Michael Phelps' pursuit of a record eighth gold medal.

Nationally, NBC boasted that 31.1 million people watched the Olympics that Saturday, peaking at 39.9 million during the half hour when Phelps won his record gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay.

Talk about teamwork! Phelps could not have won his eighth gold medal without the extraordinary teamwork of everyone on the team. Nor could he and his teammates have done it without the excellent coaching in the last four years since the last games.



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We saw great examples of real dedication and teamwork in every sport from all the countries, especially the United States and China. So what can you take away from these last two weeks to help your team and coaches perform at their gold medal best?

First, they were carefully selected to have the potential to go all the way to the gold. Then they were coached by the best coaches available on a regular basis. They made sacrifices over and over to meet their goals. They didn't let defeats or injury setbacks stop them from pursuing their dream. They collaborated with parents, siblings, coaches, teammates and the Olympic organization to reach their goals.

So can you -- to reach your work and home goals and dreams!

Contributing Editor Stephen R. Covey wrote in USA Weekend, July 11-13 edition, about the three simple guidelines to make collaboration work, and the secrets behind great teams.

Covey wrote, "No matter what workplace team you're on, you'll make a greater success of it by following these simple guidelines:

Establish your mission.

Sounds like an obvious step, doesn't it? But you'd be surprised by how many times a new team will plow right into the work and assign tasks without ever making it clear from the beginning what the ultimate objective is. So establish the purpose. Get it in writing. And keep it in front of the team at all times so that everyone will stay focused.

Set the ground rules.

Lay down the group's ground rules and values on Day One. Make it clear what kind of criticism of member's work is acceptable and what is considered destructive. Promote other key values, such as the integrity of the work that is produced by the group's members. Also, establish some working
boundaries -- for example, one member may want to contact others 24/7 via BlackBerry, but others consider certain times of the day and night off limits. Now is the time to determine what's acceptable.

Identify each team member's strengths.

Early on, establish the individual strengths of each member. Everyone has weaknesses, but when members focus on complementary strengths, then weaknesses are minimized. Too often, a team member is reluctant to concede that another member's strength in a particular area is greater. But teams are successful only when those egos are checked at the door."

Covey is the author of the best seller The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. For more information about Covey and the book, go to stephencovey.com.

So with the Olympic examples in mind, you will want to choose better, collaborate more, and follow these proven guidelines to eventually win your gold medals too!


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