"Ruth Loh exemplifies so many things that I aspire to implement in my life when I grow up and one of the greatest is utilizing T.E.A.M. We get to hear from some of the members of her team and how they truly achieved more to produce not only great volume for themselves, but help Ruth achieve her goal of Team Kaizen. Ruth shared last week that its not about using people to get what we want, but inviting them to be part of something. And as Zig Ziglar said, ‘When we help enough other people get what they want, we will get exactly what we want.' "
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"January 25, 2019
T.E.A.M. - Together Everyone Achieves More
I remember first hearing this acronym from my favorite teacher of all time. Diane Harris changed my life as a senior when I was ready to be done with high school and get on with life. After all, I pretty much knew everything there was to know at that point, had a decent job, was involved as a student leader in church, and was ready to take on the world. Yes, at 17, I had arrived.
Diane, as she allowed us to call her, had a few things that she taught me and one of the greatest is that we will never accomplish much in life as individuals. We can be independently strong, but it’s only through enlisting the help of others that we will really achieve big things. She divided our small graduating class into groups and for some reason allowed me to be the leader of one of those groups. Our objective during that year was to raise a certain amount of money to pay for our all-night graduation party. In the end, I learned more about leading than I ever could have from a leadership class and we raised thousands of dollars to rent a huge athletic center. I still smile when I think about 42 of us using that facility all night long when it probably could accommodate several hundred.
When we allow others to join what we’re doing with Nikken, however big or small that can be, we will truly achieve more. Asking people to take a look at innovative products, a different kind of philosophy, or even a business venture can be scary, but no one ever died from being told no or I’m just not interested. We not only need other people to join us, but inviting them is the right thing to do. And in the end, we’ll get to share in their success because we were the ones that offered the invitation.