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Friday, January 4, 2008

What Ideal Team Work Looks Like: Decluttered

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Declutter your work team and results will flow.
I got a new website designed, up and running last week. Yes, last WEEK. And it was no cookie-cutter either. Im well-organized, but the speed with which Nancy, the web designer, worked was amazing.

No sooner did I send her something, than it was up on the website. Actually she was simultaneously working on two websites for me. Things were flying back and forth.


I was reminded of something my friend told me when I was working on my dissertation. He said do what the chair asks immediately, get it back as fast as you can. It baffles them, he said. Most students prolong it indefinitely. When someones working fast, then they dont have time to obsess. Its catching, you know?

That was good advice! Taking forever to do something creates a force field with a lot of drag in it.

Back to Nancy. Well, shes a friend, too, and I became concerned. Didnt she have any other business? Eventually I had to ask, Do you not have any business, Nancy?

Yes, she emailed back. Im swamped.

Small wonder when shes so professional, speedy, accurate but shes also creative.

Okay, I thought, Im going to ask. Nancy, HOW DO YOU DO IT?

Thanks for asking, she wrote and then sent me this list. At the top it said, Im glad you asked why I have so much time. I try to teach this to others [shes also a coach].


Im in good health; therefore Im very active and need little sleep. I eat to live rather than living to eat, so my meals are simple and I dont consume a lot of time shopping or grazing during the day I am well-organized I can focus and concentrate like you wouldnt believe; there are no distractions in my world There is no clutter in my life and there are no so-called obligatory functions There are no draining people in my life I dont own a tv and do not waste any time in passive activities As an introvert, I conserve energy by being with people as little as possible and only the nice ones or loved ones when I do choose to interact socially I have constant variety in my life so when I am innervated by one project, I switch to another and my energy returns I love my workall of it, house, garden, daughter, friends, counseling, web design, teaching, walking my dog; the idea of work has been well integrated in to my daily life, like a monk I am a high energy person (that is a great gift from God) I dont smoke, drink, eat white sugar or white flour I play hard when I play

And you can quote me! she added. Im glad you asked. What a great sense of personal power we get when were doing something well that we love to do.

Nancy continued, The way Ive worked on your website is my typical way of interacting with web design clients and a typical response time. I really set the pace when I do a website with someone and am terrific at wrapping it up, too. Some people have trouble completing things in life or they bottom out in the middle when it gets hard. In me, they have a steady pace setter who has the will to complete the project and the know-how, expertise and experience.

Getting things completedone of my mentors used to say, The pregnancy is wonderful, if only the baby didnt have to be born.

Nancy continued, While doing this, I have supervised the remodeling of the house, got H&M off on the cruise, fixed dinner for my roommate and visited with her, and done many coaching sessions.

I give my friends and clients the impression that I am serene and unruffled (or so they say) but you wouldnt BELIEVE what I accomplish in a day. I recommend good mental and physical health habits and the elimination of toxic people and television.


The most amazing thing about this experience with Nancy was her passion. She emailed me at one point: A website is a majestic thing and deserves the full attention of someone who knows how important it is to get your message across.

One of the things shes best at is getting who you are and putting it into the web site. I think this is because of the focus. Shes into the other person and the project, not self-concerns.


In this team project, there were changes in direction, call them snafus. The name Id chosen was being use so the logo had to be changed. Great! Nancy emailed. How about this? The photos she originally chose turned out to be too expensive. How about these? she replied, sending 3 new ones.

Ive worked on many teams, and the biggest time-waster and energy-drag is those disgruntled sighs, rolling of eyes, throwing hands up in the air, labeling things as mistakes and assigning fault. Comments such as Why didnt you tell me beforehand There was a miscommunicationYou said you wanted If youd said that in the first place Subtle or blatant, they accomplish nothing and exhaust us.

Change it, fix, it, keep it flowing, was our motto. We didnt waste time analyzing, blaming, naming, shaming.

Are you overwhelmed? Many of my coaching clients and friends are. You can take some tips from Nancy, on how to declutter, and heres one from mewhen you surround yourself with people like this, life sure goes a lot easier! Declutter your project team!

My website? I wish we could still be working on it. How often do you say that when youve finished working on a project with someone? How often can you say It was a pleasure working with you and mean it?

Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach, GLOBAL EQ. Emotional intelligence coaching to enhance all areas of your life - career, relationships, midlife transition, resilience, self-esteem, parenting. EQ Alive! - excellent, accelerated, affordable EQ coach certification. Susan is the author of numerous ebooks, is widely published on the Internet, and a regular speaker for cruise lines. For marketing services go here.

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