Winning Attitude and Teamwork- It’s not just funny business, it works!


Teamwork: (noun) the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient.

Value #4 Winning Attitude: Have a can-do attitude. Be positive, upbeat and stay focused. We are winners.

This word, TEAMWORK, and this value, WINNING ATTITUDE, mean more to me than almost anything when it comes to my work life and business. I know it’s hard to live these things every minute of your day, believe me, I have felt beaten down on more than one occasion. I am working on that. Do you feel like you need to work on it, too? It’s okay if you do. We’re supposed to work on things. we’re supposed to strive to get better. Maybe a reminder of what these things mean to us in a busy day is what we all need. Break down these words listed above and really see if we’re doing what we know needs to be done.

Let’s start with teamwork. We are not individual islands, doing things just for ourselves. We are a group of people, every one of us together from one end of the department to the other including Aaron, Bobby, Andy, Barb, Bronco, Scott, Diane, Ryan, Courtney, Robin and Adam. This dynamic group can do anything the flooring industry can dish out. We can do it effectively and efficiently, as long as we pull on the same side of the rope! I don’t just believe that, guys. I KNOW that. I’ve witnessed it. When a teammate is under the gun for a bid or a project, someone steps in or steps up, offering a hand. Right? Did you do that today? Yesterday? Will you tomorrow? Or, have you been head down both figuritively and literally? Let’s be more heads up, all of us, myself included. Let’s all remember that we are, in fact, a team. Sure, we’re made up of individuals, but our individuals are better than theirs. Our team is better than theirs.

Now, winning attitude. Wow this is a tough one some days, right? I know I struggle with it at times. But, this following statement is true: If you think like a winner, you will become a winner. This is more true in a team setting as group think. If we can think as a group of winners, then even if one of us is having a bad day, the TEAM still wins. Can-do attitude. What does that mean exactly? Well, one thing I know is, it doesn’t include the word “but”. As in; “I can do that, but (insert excuse).” It’s a positive statement only! “I can do that, when do you need it by?” “I can do that, how can I help?” “I can do that, where are you in the process?” I challenge every one of us to try this for one day. Use only positive, upbeat statements. Do it here and then go home and do it! I did it. When my kids looked at me like, “Who are you and what did you do with my dad?” I knew I had an issue. Here’s the other thing about it though, that’s even tougher. Say it with conviction and sincerity. I don’t know about you, but my bullshit detector is pretty finely tuned. I know when you don’t mean it. So does your teammate, your account, your retail customer. Try it, I urge you! No more sniping, no more sarcasm, no more complaining for one day. See what happens. I’m going to do it as often as possible and I want you all to join me.

This may sound ridiculous to you guys, but you know me by now. You’re not just co-workers. You’re my team, my work family, my sisters and brothers, my sons and daughters. I care about you as I would any family member. I believe in you and this team. I believe we can grow and capture even more market share and expand further and further. I believe in teamwork and I believe in a winning attitude. So do you or you wouldn’t be here. We are winners. We are Drexel. Go out there and be Blue!



40 hours, 50 hours, or more a week… over 2,000 hours a year you grind at Drexel.  Yet do you take into account what it is doing to you as a person.  How your life is changing because of it.  Is it changing for the better or worse?

Your mental path… is what  you think over and over again.

Do you think about gratitude, humility, compassion, friendliness, patience, community service, faith and more during the course of each day?    What you think is the path you will live.  Or do you fear, worry, tense, anger, control, complain and gossip each day?

When we interview potential new team members please make this part of the conversation: “Ask a potential new hire how a particular job could be a vehicle for expanding his or her character strengths.”  It forms what we are looking for.  Someone different… people that value character over everything.*

I encourage you to use your job to help fulfill your deepest values and beliefs.

Leaders and coaches, be sure all of the people you work with have jobs and duties that include:

“having a meaningful impact on the world, having true camaraderie with your co-workers, and having the opportunities to develop skills.”

But Joel… I just order flooring, I just drive truck, I just receive materials.  OH, BUT HOW WRONG YOU ARE.  What can you do to CHANGE THE WORLD at any job you have here.  That is the challenge I give you.  Is it the energy you give off, the smile you bring, doing the smallest tasks with gratitude and perfection…HOW CAN YOU CHANGE THE WORLD YOU LIVE IN?  That’s for you to decide.

A few ideas on what you might want to focus on:

  1. Ethics

  2. Respect.

  3. Balance.

  4. Winning Attitude.

  5. Communication.

  6. Development.

  7. Team Work.

  8. Change.

  9. Have Fun.

  10. Accountability.

*The Only Way to Win: How Building Character Drives Higher Achievement and Greater Fulfillment in Business and Life by Loehr, Jim  Excellent book to consider putting on your reading list and a great influence to Drexel.

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Since 1985, our business success has come from building others UP.



Jon Gordon inspired me to write this today.

Being POSITIVE is not natural for me.  It’s a work in progress.

I used to yell at the referees of the games I played.  I hated those refs.  They were all against me I was sure.  It was there fault, not mine, that I was always in foul trouble.  Then I became a ref.  Walking in a different pair of shoes changed my perspective for the better.  No referee is INTENTIONALLY sucking, they are not being biased, they aren’t ruining you, and you can trust me on that.

I used to get REALLY FRUSTRATED at work.  No one cared as much as me, no one got it, except me.   I even broke a phone once I slammed it down so hard.   Daily I was “fired up” and all hell was about to break loose at any second.   My venom could hit anyone.

My neck and back used to hurt constantly I was so stressed.

I thought that’s just the way it was…

I’ve read a lot.  I learned a lot.  I am still a work in progress.  We all are.

And “the old Joel” still comes around sometimes, but I work on not paying him much attention.

I am sure you are not perfect either.  The good news is we can become the best version of ourselves.  And we don’t have to wait until tomorrow.  We can start today.

There are perfect messages… but not perfect people.

Be the  most positive person you know. 

Philippians 4:8

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

And have some FUN THIS WEEK.



– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Since 1985, our business success has come from building others UP.




Team I’ve been reading a few books by Joshua Medcalf and he’s pretty much blowing my mind.  Here is a summary of one of my favorite parts.

I’ve linked a video of him below.

Are you training to do who you want to become?  Or are you just talking a good game and life is getting in the way of who you want to be.

A great 5 minute exercise is to write your own obituary.  Go ahead, do it… or at least think about what you want it to say. (This is way more impactful if you actually write it out.)

I bet you wanted to be a loving, kind, individual.  Some core values in there (balance, communication, have fun).

Are you waiting to do XXXXXXXXXX when you are married, the kids are older, the kids leave the house, you retire, your spouse divorces you, you are in a nursing home, or when you are on your death bed?  See how silly that sounds.

Find out who you want to BE, and then focus on getting better at that.

Say you want to be a more positive person.  You could keep a notepad next to you and make certain you give 5 sincere compliments a day.  You could then write 10 things you are grateful for.

Want to stop worrying?  You could say a prayer when you wake up and go to sleep asking God for help so you don’t worry.  You could wear a rubber band on your wrist and snap it every time you worry.

Want to be less stressed?  Start a list of things you will no longer do.

What you do daily is who you are and ultimately who you will be tomorrow as well.

Now are you TRAINING to do this.  What are you FOCUSING on to make this happen.

Make your obituary today.

Make it awesome.

You found out you have 30 days to live, you never changed a thing… because that is how you already live your life.

George Baily really had a “wonderful life”.  He didn’t realize it until Clarence the angel explained it all to him.    Although George never did travel the world, he did change it!


– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Since 1985, our business success has come from building others UP.