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!

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