Working with Champions

This post by Kathy Carrico

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Team WorkA work environment is most effective when a team of people offer value to each other first, and to their customers or clients second.  Similar to Southwest’s motto that their employees are their number one customer, I feel it is critically relevant that by supporting and recognizing each others’ talents and value, we collectively allow our agency (company, institution, association) to thrive and shine.  This concept and practice are not necessarily attained with ease, but once they are, they are powerful!

I find myself surrounded by champions whose expertise is amongst the best in the country.  While we each have separate and unique programs and projects to manage, we are interlinked in our mission to provide value and purpose.   When you work alongside your peers for more than a decade, you are exposed to each others’ idiosyncrasies, hot buttons, personality types, fears, successes and moods.  It is inevitable that really knowing each other results in family-like behavior.  At times we take each other for granted, or we assume that person will always simply “be there” for us.  Sometimes we find ourselves feeling like the golden child, if only for moments.  Our personalities may clash, and we may unintentionally behave as sibling-rivals, but as champions, we purposefully step back, and listen…to each other.  We regain our focus on the family, our agency… and we embrace our individual value and contributions, and go back to work, with our mission and our leader (the boss) to guide us.

Rarely does one find a workplace that embraces individuality, entrepreneurial creativity, and group support to feel empowered to make a difference.  We are in the business of business development.  Within this tall order, we must demonstrate our own vow to make our center the most valuable resource for existing and future clients.  And we will do this effectively, and better than any other center, because we value each other as champions above all.

9 Responses to “Working with Champions”

  1. On February 25th, 2010 at 11:18 pm Bill Sims Said:


    Very nice for your inaugural post, you have set a high standard for yourself. I’m glad you are on our team!

  2. On February 26th, 2010 at 7:50 am Bret Simmons Said:

    Way to go, Kathy! I hope you catch the blogging bug because you are a good writer and you have so much content to share. Your voice here is a big plus to this site. Keep it up! Bret

  3. On February 26th, 2010 at 10:33 am Debra Deming Said:


    You’re post moved me to tears. A profound and powerful messages for all organizations.

  4. On February 26th, 2010 at 11:25 am Ben Said:

    Great post KC! Embracing individual talents is key. We are all passionate champions at what we do and when we come together great things happen. Keep the great content flowing. ; )

  5. On February 26th, 2010 at 8:44 pm Sue Moore Said:

    KC – I’m so impressed by the efforts of all BSG staff – you guys rock!

  6. On March 1st, 2010 at 9:02 am Kris Waldon Said:

    Thank you for the great article. I missed this article on Twitter if it was there. I’m so glad that I was able to pick it up on Bret’s forwards. If you didn’t tweet yet, I will watch for it and retweet it. Thank you Kathy for all you do. Kris Waldon

  7. On March 1st, 2010 at 9:23 pm Jim McClenahan Said:

    Great message and one that should be echoed across the University, especially in the challenging times we work. I really like the focus on the mission which is sometimes overlooked during tough times. I think you can go even further than being in the business of business development. When you help an entrepreneur be successful you are really transforming lives in a fundamental way and planting the seeds of economic growth which benefit the entire region. This is one of the primary roles of the University in the community. Thanks for being a great outreach partner and making this a better place to live.

  8. On March 8th, 2010 at 4:58 pm Winnie Dowling Said:

    Our organization IS our people. We should review this message often. Great job, KC!

  9. On March 12th, 2010 at 10:37 am Eric Grimes Said:

    What a great statement to the quality of the people working in your organization, our organization. I am proud to be a part of it and even more proud to call you my friends!

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