There’s No I in T-E-A-M


There's no I in T-E-A-M. (But as the counterpoint joke goes... There is a M-E.)

Take a look at the picture above. If you look closely and think about the circumstances that arose when the Street Line Painter Guys painted their lines AROUND the fallen branch. Can't you just hear the foreman Street Line Painter Guy, Hey, what's this branch in our way? Ah, well. It aint my job to move it. Let's paint AROUND it.

Way to go Team Players!

Have you ever heard yourself say, That's no my job? (I have.) We've all be guilty of that phrase once in while. You know the drill. Your managing attorney asks you (the highly educated and busy paralegal or legal secretary) to cover the front desk whilst so-and-so is out sick. So what do you do about it? I found a great article about just this subject. It's especially geared towards paralegals.

Click here to read the full article.

Here are some good questions to be asking yourself when you've reached this fork in the road:

1.Is what you’ve been asked to do legal?

2. How important is it really?

3.Is this an obligation or an opportunity?

4.Is your attitude showing?

The article ends with a great piece of encouragement: Make your mark! Take charge and ingest the concept of “no task too small”! Don’t be a work snob but instead be a team-player. You may be pleasantly surprised at the benefits you reap from such a change of heart. If that’s not enough incentive to evoke a change consider this, the next time the desire to utter the words, “That’s not my job” over come you, remember with an attitude like that…it may not be for long.

Click here to read the full article.
Thursday, May 24, 2007

Todd Olivas

Todd Olivas is a court reporter and entrepreneur.
He founded TO&A in 2003.

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