Team Playing

| August 29, 2012 | 8 Comments
Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich (Photo credit: catherinecronin)

Changing high schools for teenagers is not an easy challenge. My grand daughter made a decision last year to do just that.

Being a teacher in one district allows you to take your children to school with you in that district, even if you do not live in that district. Adrienne attended where I teach since she was in first grade. During her freshman year (last year) after the volley ball season was over, she decided to make the transfer from the district she attended for nine years to the district we live in. She was interested in making friends and getting involved in activities where she was living.

After the transition Adrienne was not doing very well in a few classes. The classes had assignments from the fall that carried over to the spring. I was concerned about her grades and the decision she made to move. By the end of spring, though, she brought all of her grades up and passed with flying colors.

Summer came and along with it came new found friends for Adrienne who lived close by. We did not have to travel 10 to 20 miles any more for her to have a teenage social life.

On my Blog I have been focusing on personal development and growth. I am proud to say that Adrienne has taught a tremendous lesson in life this fall. Last fall she worked very hard at volley ball and was instructed by exceptional coaches. In the spring she also participated in club volley ball, again with excellent coaches. Adrienne tried out for volley ball at this new school this fall.  She made the JV team. She was very excited about this and was determined to play well.

One afternoon after practice she mentioned to me that a couple of her team mates were not getting along. The girls were dividing into clicks and making fun of each other. Adrienne pulled the group together and with stern concern said in their faces, “We are a team! Team mates do not speak ill of each other, they work together. I want a great team so we need to put our differences aside while we are playing and focus on playing together.”

Wow, with determination and a desire to have a great team Adrienne was appointed Team Captain by the coach. The coach told me, “Adrienne has changed the whole dynamics of the team this year. She encourages and promotes team work. She does not put down anyone but helps the other players to exceed. I am proud to have her on our team.”

What an honor. To know that my teen age girl, who is a normal teen age girl, has great potential.  Of course, I knew it all along. But what a life learning lesson. As we travel through our business adventures we would all do well to grasp Adrienne’s concept. If we want to succeed it would benefit us to work as a team and build up our team players or business partners.


Go out and do something great today.

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