Team… how often we want to be on a great team, yet we don’t focus on what it means TO BE  a great teammate.

Often it is so simple but yet so vital.

Do you know everyone’s name you work with?

Honestly?  You know everyone that you work with, their name?

It’s so vitally important to know just that: their name.  Why?

If we don’t know someone’s name they are not a person to you, they are an object.  Often an object is a piece of frustration, something in your way from doing your job better.   An object you can’t help and more importantly to you: they can’t help you either.

Think about it, if you don’t know their name…

Can you help them?

Can they help you?

Can you make a difference in their life?

If you have a conflict situation how will you bring it up to them?  You won’t.   You will have to go to their leader or someone you DO KNOW and they will talk to them and then they will talk to that leader since they probably don’t know your name either, and a bad game of telephone gets played.

Think about it terms of our core values.

Hard to #communicate openly with someone if you don’t know there name…

Hare to have a #winning attitude towards them…

Impossible to help them be #accountable

#Communication?  You don’t know their name… that conversation is going to be pretty cold.

How can you #develop them or how can they help you if you are nameless to each other…

#Have fun with someone you don’t know?….that doesn’t sound like fun…

A team works with each other.  We improve and struggle with each other.  A nameless face, an object of what WE need to get done is only a blunt tool.  A person you know, locked arm in arm down the journey of life, is a one heck of a sharp weapon.

Just imagine if we all took the time to know everyone’s name that we work with.  What a difference that would make.  And it’s so easy.

How do you introduce yourself to someone you’ve worked with along time and you “should” know their name?  Pretty easy actually.  99% chance they don’t know your name either.  (Trust me, we aren’t as important to “them” as we think we are.)

Try something like this:  “Hey, you’ve been here awhile, I’m Joel I write that blog you probably don’t read, what’s your name again?”

Easy.  And you just changed the world.  Together.


A family, a company—both are organizations of people. That’s what we know and live by at Drexel.   Remember we won’t know who we work and live with—until we know their name.

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of other’s happpiness.  I hope this little post did just that.

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