Has your team thanked our Veterans enough?

HOperation Care Kitave you given sufficient thanks to our veterans after a one-day holiday?

In case you haven't, we have a way for you to give back a little more to the men and women who defend our freedoms and way of life.

It's called Operation Care Kit. It's a way of saying "We still remember you" to the thousands of service men and women still in harm's way in service to our nation.

In Operation Care Kit, your team has fun and builds communication and trust while assembling the little extras that we take for granted every day but are sorely missed by those serving in foreign lands without access to our plentiful markets and on-line shopping malls. Things like snacks, various toiletries, an extra blanket, even a simple band-aid.

The service men and women are eternally grateful for every item received (and have even written to tell us so). Your team is stronger, our defenses are stronger... everybody wins.

We run Operation Care Kit year-round, so don't think you've missed your chance just because Veterans Day has passed us by.

And to all those who have served: Thank you.


Giving thanks for - and to - your team

It's that time of year, where we pause to give thanks for, and to, all of those around us who make our lives better. We give thanks for our health, our friends, our families, the kindness of strangers.

What about your team? Have you thanked them lately?

We know you are thankful for them. And that you want to express those thanks. But perhaps you have budget limitations, or rules governing how you spend your organization's money. Or the bottom line is so tight that there isn't much room for expenditures to express simple gratitude.

But there's a great way to thank your team without breaking the bank: engage in some fun team-building activities.

Teams who get treated to "get out of the office" days (or half-days) feel that they're appreciated by management. Recognized. Valued.


Not only that... it helps build trust, communication, cohesion and productivity.

But you don't need to tell them that.

You just need to say "Thank you."


Clubhouse guys

World Series rivalsTonight begins a championship battle that - despite having happened three times before - no one predicted a few months ago.

The St. Louis Cardinals visit Fenway Park at 5 PM Pacific to take on the Boston Red Sox in the 109th World Series.

The Cards are not the surprise. Many predicted them to win the National League championship. It's the Red Sox who surprised people.

The Sox went from the worst team in their division in 2012 to the best in the league in 2013.

And they did it without marquee signings of big-name free agents.

They did it by getting "clubhouse guys" - guys who put the team first over their individual glory. Who buck each other up after a bad day, share credit and blame and, even when benched, don't complain - just cheer for their teammates.

The Cards, meanwhile, got where they are by "growing their own." They lead the major leagues in percentage of their roster staffed by guys they trained and brought up from their own minor league system.

That creates a great clubhouse atmosphere, too. Being rewarded for hard work and success, rather than being passed over by some big name who hasn't paid his dues in the organization.

Clubhouse guys - folks who put the team first, and who get rewarded by their teams for their effort - create champions.



Happy Boss's Day from Run Brain Run!

When building your team, don't neglect your key players...

And who is more key to the team's success than the Boss?

Today is National Boss's Day.

Bosses have their accomplishments undervalued and overlooked as often as they are overglorified for their team's achievements.

When is the last time you thought about what your boss has done to make your company a better place to work? To make your team stronger, better bonded, more cohesive, better communicators?

Have you told your boss any of these things?

Today, Boss's Day, is a good opportunity.

Thank your Boss today for a job well done.


Pick me up, team mate

Sometimes, things go wrong. You make mistakes. Consequences loom large.

When you're working alone, or on a team that isn't working well together, what happens?

You suffer those consequences. You lose the sale, or the project goes awry, costs go way up, customers are unhappy. Your reputation suffers.

Not good.

But when you're on a well-functioning team, what happens?

Your teammates pick you up. They correct the error that you missed, keep the project on task, make sure the work gets done, costs are contained, the customer's happy. Your reputation is saved.

In fact, since the recovery looks smooth or even miraculous, your company's reputation may even improve. "Wow, it looked like disaster was about to happen, but they pulled it off. Great folks at that company."

Do you and your team pick each other up when you stumble?

If not... maybe some team building is in your future.


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