Part of a Team

Part of a Team

I talk about it all the time – team, part of the team, team player – the words flow out of my mouth like I invented them. Yesterday though, one of our team members asked what I meant when I said something about being part of the same team. I don’t even remember what I was trying to communicate or why I was talking about it. All I know is that I didn’t have a great answer.

“Part of the team” sounds like sports, and if you’re from Pittsburgh, it definitely sounds like sports. I wasn’t talking about sports though. I was talking about our small group of people that make up Found Advisors. I was talking about the way our strengths compliment one another’s strengths and help us overcome our weaknesses. I was talking about how we each have different perspectives, but one common goal. I was talking about the way we bounce ideas off each other and come up with better ones. I was talking about the fact that we view our clients and partner companies as part of our team.

And now that I think about it and put it out there on “paper”, the word team seems inadequate. According to, teamwork can be defined as the process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal. That sounds a bit better. I like the word collaboration. It feels bigger to me than teamwork. Maybe it’s a spectrum? Collaboration includes teamwork and adds a sense of urgency, a sense of shared purpose that is greater than our individual goals. Collaboration requires a high degree of transparency and open, honest communication. Collaboration happens because interdependence is crucial and, without it, a goal cannot be achieved.

It could be that it’s all semantics and really doesn’t matter. All I know is that I love being part of the Found Advisors team. Learning about what each person brings to the group and understanding my role makes each day a joy. I truly appreciate working for a company that values my contribution and looks for ways to use my strengths to benefit our clients, coworkers, partners and the CRE industry. I truly believe that it’s what makes us stand out from the crowd.

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