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Teamwork Works, Does it Really?

I believe teamwork works all the time and every time, but getting to work as a team is sometimes a complicated process.

The American Management Association @AMAnet recently published an article called “What do Successful Work Teams Have in Common,” what called my attention was the word honesty and how the lack of it will impede teams to move forward.

I am currently working on my MBA (Master’s in Business Administration) through an online program. Each class has at least three group projects, which means that in every class I will be working with people with different work ethics, time zones, and work schedules.

I have great memories of Team Awesome as my classmate Elijah would call it. Team A was the best group I’ve ever had and I will tell you why. We weren’t afraid of conflict…the good kind of conflict that is.

I believe conflict is good as long as people are open to hear and understand others’ ideas. For instance, Team A had disagreements but such feedback helped us to challenge each other, and discover the best way to work together.

And as the article mentions…successful teamwork does not happen overnight, especially if teammates are not willing to learn from each other.


Marketing Class Gone Good Deed: Thermal Drive for Homeless

Katerina and Haydee under the Reno Arch

There is a homeless man in South Reno, NV who has a bicycle full of plastic bags. I had seen his bicycle parked at the local grocery store but no signs of the man for a few days. I ran into “Doug” a few days later, he said he had been hiding because it was too cold. I looked down at his feet and he was wearing sandals, shorts, and no socks. It was about 60 degrees that morning.  I was tremendously touched by looking at how unprotected he was, so I ran home and grabbed a bunch of warm items and went looking for him outside the store. There he was…

I handed over the items and asked him what else he needed: thermal underwear, he said. Oh, I forgot to mention that he was developing a cold…I immediately thought, how many of these people will be sick by the end of the year and how it will affect my loved ones, my little Katerina? We definitely have to help.

I’m taking a Marketing class as part of my MBA program, we are learning about identifying a market’s necessity for a product. So, I analyzed the market and contacted the Reno/Sparks Gospel Mission (RSGM) to find out if thermals were “hot” items. I was immediately told there is a big need for children, women, and men.

I asked two of my closest friends to help me out to organize a Thermal Drive for Homeless. The goal is to gather 500 thermals by mid-December, which we will distribute at the RSGM’s Holiday dinner.

Will you help or know somebody who can help? Please email me at Haydee.Acebo@hotmail.com. I will pick up the items at your house, business, coffee place, you name it. I just want to help!

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