Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Working Together, Winning Together

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Working Together, Winning Together

Article excerpt

Working with volunteers is a definite skill. It takes two parts cheerleader, one part visionary and one part administrator. The concepts of encouragement and team spirit challenge closely held beliefs that emphasize the use of power, intimidation and manipulation. An encouraging environment helps people believe in themselves. Whether you call yourself a leader, a manager, a coach, a parent, a teacher or an administrator, an important goal is to help create a winning team feeling.

Roy Ellis Moody, who serves on the advisory board for the Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department, provides the following suggestions for encouraging team spirit:

* Change or Die: The change principle says, "Things don't stay the same. If they don't get better, they'll get worse.

* Commit to Purpose and People: Excellence in a sport, a relationship or a business begins with commitment to purpose and people. The commitment principle says, "Great accomplishments are preceded by an emotional commitment to purpose and people. …

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