I was driving through a public park north of Pittsburgh with my daughter on the way to gymnastics practice one recent Saturday. The traffic was pretty heavy for a weekend. We noticed a lot of runners with navy blue t-shirts running in the park — it looked like a marathon was going on. We stopped at a traffic light and noticed that this was not a marathon, but a U.S. Marine Corps training exercise. Our car was stopped at the end of the course where all of the individuals who had finished were cheering on those who had yet to complete the course.
My daughter thought this was a great display of teamwork — each was concerned with his or her own individual time, but they also were applauding each individual's contribution — what a great way to reach a goal!
I was glad she carried that lesson with her to gymnastics, so she could remember when she felt all alone that she needn't worry: Her coaches were there to spot her, and her teammates were there to encourage her.
It takes a team to accomplish great change. As I look around, there is great change taking place in our industry in how companies are handling real estate transactions — outsourcing, in-sourcing, cost containment, sustainability, how we can better utilize technology to reduce costs and improve the bottom line — the list goes on and on.
At the same time, whenever a project is completed, there are a number of people who help make it happen — brokers, architects, economic development professionals, space planners, engineers, construction companies — that list goes on and on too.
Whenever projects are awarded and completed, it is time to take a minute and celebrate the contributions of each team member. No matter how large or small, we are all in this together.
The need for teamwork is just as great when the projects are few and far between — when it feels like we're at practice, waiting for the real competition to take place. We may find it just as rewarding, if not more so, to thank and support our teammates then too … in the middle of the training run.
We love to say in Pittsburgh that we are the City of Champions because we recognize that it takes the effort of every team member to realize the benefit of the whole team. How can you recognize the power of your own network of teammates? It might even be something worthy of daily practice.