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Monday Motivation: Teamwork makes the dream work

Monday Motivation: Teamwork makes the dream work

Monday Motivation, 10.29.18

Written by: Stacy Tolbert

Every Monday, The Rogers-Long Team meets for one of its two weekly meetings. The Monday meeting always ends with “Monday Motivation” in which a few minutes are spent listening to one team member presenting a quote, a quick reading from a book, a scene from a movie, or anything else they find motivating to provide a “spark” to the whole team on a Monday morning.

Naturally I had the perfect Monday Motivation prepared for today but in true Ben fashion things changed on Friday. As we welcome our two newest agents I thought I would revisit a common Monday Motivation theme for the RLT…

As teams grow, so does their skill set, it becomes diversified and the bench gets stronger. Each new addition brings something that didn’t exist before and that makes a team stronger. It is up to the team to discover the strengths and weaknesses of each other and start making it work. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Helen Keller.

The hardest part about teamwork is not the idea of it, but doing it. It looks great on paper but unless there is full participation it’s only “me-work”. I know that’s a cheesy/cliche line, but it rings true.  If a team’s involvement is not at 100% then it’s not going to work because there will be a negative presence lingering, which can lead to a lack of productivity, less creativity and absence of focus on the goal. Teamwork is more than just collaborating on a project, it must encompass all aspects of your daily tasks & interactions.

There are easy steps to start team working effectively:

  1. Respecting others
  2. Active Listening
  3. Demonstrating Reliability
  4. Participating
  5. Communicating
  6. Solving problems (courtesy of the Convoer Company).

Again, none of these are difficult, the hard part is doing it. So, my challenge to you is to practice these steps, master your strengths and better your weaknesses.

Thankfully this is something I get to proudly practice each day and it only makes me stronger. When I’m on the softball field I tell the girls that someone’s good play is everyone’s good play (and the same in reverse). In Girl Scouts we can’t tackle our big projects with out everyone’s help and without the help of the parents in the PTA many fun events at school would not happen.  The diversity of the groups allows them to be successful at what they do and need to accomplish. True teamwork allows you to lean on someone for help and lets you step up to help someone in need.

My OG message to the RLT newbies: let’s learn each other’s strengths and weakness’s so we can better ourselves. Use other’s strengths to your advantage while you help improve their weaknesses. We each have something amazing to bring to the team, so bring it, exploit it & share with others. “Collaborate with people you can learn from (Pharell)”, because in the right setting is can lead to amazing things.


Stacy Tolbert, The Transaction Coordinator for The Rogers-Long Team: Powered by Hometown Realty, was a client of Ben & Kevin’s in 2015. After hiring The RLT for her family’s move, Ben returned the favor and hired her to come work with the team! Stacy’s primary role is coordinating transactions from contract to close. In addition, Stacy assists in the marketing of listings and a wide array of other things in and out of the office. In her spare time, you can find Stacy working in the garden, tasting Craft Beer, or managing her three fantasy football teams!

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