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The Team You Build


Do you love your team? I've been so blessed and lucky in my life to have been part of some truly outstanding teams filled with people who challenged me, supported me, and made my life (and work) better. I have loved the people on those teams and many years after working with the people on those teams I still think of them fondly almost every day.

The team pictured here was one of my early teams at the Ryan Insurance Group. The talent on that team, and on other teams, astounded me every day. We had our struggles, but they were hard working, brilliant people and I miss every one of them.

There have been other great teams of course. Today I think about this group and what it grew into as we expanded, improved, and grew as people and as a business. I was not a perfect boss, and I'm sure I sparked more than a little frustration now and then, but they patiently dedicated themselves to achieving the goals of the team.

I'm proud of that team.

I invite you today to reflect on your current work team. What thoughts do you have about where each person is headed? How dedicated are you to helping each team member in developing their career AND their well-being? There are no perfect leaders or teams. Our task is not perfection even while our journey is on that road toward perfection, toward improvement, toward fulfillment, toward service.

Who is your team to you?

The team you build reflects you.

Build a better team than you ever thought you could. Because, you can.

-- doug smith


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