What Does Teamwork Mean To You?

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Teamwork is defined as being a cooperative or combined effort on the part of a group of persons acting together for a common cause.

We wanted to know what our CIJ members say Teamwork means to them.

Lin Collette of rhodyart  says:

Hmmm. Teamwork is obviously working together for a common goal but you have to determine what that common goal is and who’s working for the team and not just for themselves.

Teamwork is helping each other without any thought of personal gain, but at the same time not sacrificing what makes you unique. Bringing your special skills to help your teammates, your peers. Giving advice and not picking fights. Although the cliché is that there’s “no I in team,” that’s not really true. Team leaders have to appreciate the I’s on their team and appreciate and properly use their talents to help the team. Not be a dictator. Understand their teammates’ unique qualities and work with them.

Teamwork is having a sense of humor about what goes wrong, and being able to laugh at yourself and not take oneself too seriously. But it also means not ridiculing other members of the team and belittling them, their efforts, and their products.

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Amanda Jaeger of AlphabetArtPrints states:

Teamwork means a group of people using their individual talents to achieve a common goal. Each person much use his/her own strengths not to shine above others, but to allow their goal to shine through.

It’s lifting up your teammates when they struggle with a concept and accepting help when you yourself are struggling.

It’s problem solving at its finest.

It’s putting personal differences aside and working professionally even if you don’t enjoy working on a personal level.

It’s chiming in when you have ideas on how to achieve goals.

It’s listening and acknowledging others’ ideas when they share them.

It’s understanding that the end goal is bigger than you and each individual.

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Pauls and Daiga of ThreadandPaintStudio explains:

Teamwork means for me working equally on creating ideas, putting them into live and solve problems. Our shop is my teamwork with my husband. We share our ideas, discuss what would be better, what kind of material can we use, what kind of design, sometimes he starts an artwork and I finish, sometimes he gives an idea and I turn it into something new. We work shoulder to shoulder and it is nice, because it shows our talents, it makes us joy and helps know better each other. I always loved to work alone, but just know I know how much fun it is to share my happiness and also problems with someone!

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Kimberly of FarrallyPaperie said:

Teamwork is a group of people working toward a similar end goal. A team will support each other, lean on each other and work with each other. Sometimes a team member may fall behind or fall out due to unforseen complications or struggle. But, as a team that works well together, the other members will help pick up that slack to ensure the end goal is still met and in a timely manner. A team member is willing to call out someone who isn’t putting forth their level of effort, and in reciprocal a team member can receive constructive criticism and learn from it and push forward. This doesn’t mean being rude, rather find out if maybe that member is struggle because they don’t know how to do something, etc and are too afraid to speak up. So bringing this to light, means the rest of the members can help. A team isn’t always perfect, and things will happen every now and then to cause conflict or concern. But, a good team can work through these issues and come out at the end with a smile on their face and approval and satisfaction of a job well done.

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Alicia of AliciasFindings states:

I think Teamwork is what happens when a group of people are working towards a goal. I believe if you get into something, you should follow-up to the best of your ability. Stuff happens, but teamwork means someone else can help lighten the load of another. I think teamwork is being able to bat ideas off one another to come up with some idea even better than the original. I think teamwork is something we do for most of our lives, in many different settings. I think teamwork is putting aside differences and getting the goal met.

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Teamwork is part of what we do every day at Christmas in July Team and I think we wear it well, don’t you?

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Pink October – Christmas In July Team Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

I say PINK – what does it make you think of?

Baby girl, bows and dresses,  princesses in fairy tale books and cartoons, girls’ crafts (all those beads, yarns and ribbons), rose petals….

….then first makeup, lip gloss, blushing cheeks, first kiss…….

…… more makeup in pink, prom dress, bride’s bouguet….

……..and very soon the circle closes! – baby girl again!

Pink colour is the most feminine, it symbolizes traditional woman’s role and features: beauty, kindness, tenderness, care and compassion for all living creatures.

This used to be common association: PINK is femininity! Now more and more people associate pink with Breast Cancer Awareness. Every October, the wide international health campaign is run globally. It was started by the American Cancer Society and large pharmaceutical companies in the mid – eighties and soon spread all over the world.

The purpose of this campaign is to increase awareness of the disease, to give information and support to those affected by breast cancer, and also to raise funds for research into the cause of disease, its early diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

You might have used products by Estee Lauder cosmetics and Avon cosmetics, have you paid attention to how they support Breast Cancer Awareness? It was Evelyn Lauder (survivor herself!) who launched Breast Cancer Research Foundation in 1992-93 and established  the Pink Ribbon as its symbol.

The pink colour in general and the Pink Ribbon express not fear but hope for the women suffering from breast cancer, moral support and informational help for them. It brings knowledge to wide circles of women all over the world about breast cancer, methods of early detection and places to get help.

What can simple little people do to support Breast Cancer Awareness movement? We are not doctors or scientists to literally find the solution, but we can pass the word to our friends. We can display pink colour in our clothes, on our web pages, at work, in our craft creations. This will make others stop for a minute and THINK PINK – THINK HOPE AND AWARENESS.

Here are some handmade gifts and art works from Christmas in July Team members:

Minna Hyvarinen from Skadi Jewelry donates 10% of all pink items sold to Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Heart Necklace From SkadiJewelry

Heart Necklace From SkadiJewelry

Mandee from CloudNineDezignz  created a special Think Pink section in her shop – to donate to Susan G Komen Foundation.

Red And Pink Cancer Ribbon Bracelet From CloudNineDesignz

Red And Pink Cancer Ribbon Bracelet From CloudNineDesignz

Sandi Morris from SoManyPrettyBeads  says:

Cancer sucks – plain and simple. In my family, it has taken my dad (esophageal) and my sister (breast). My mom is a survivor. What we witnessed our sister go through I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy! I did the Susan G Komen 3-Day two years and raised over $6,000!

The statistics of breast cancer are 1 in 8: in my family the statistics are 2 out of 6. Breast cancer awareness is a cause that I support in honor of my mom and in memory of my sister.

Pink Hope For The Cure Breast Cancer Awareness Earrings From SoManyPrettyBeads

Pink Hope For The Cure Breast Cancer Awareness Earrings From SoManyPrettyBeads

Lisa Prus from InsomniacTreasures also donates 10% of any pink item sold in October to breast cancer research.

Nicole from JspCreations created Breast Cancer Awareness hair tie and bracelet for donation – in memory of her mother, and in hope that “one day there will be a cure and prevention of this nasty cancer”.

LittleShopofColor created Pastel Pink Digital Paper to donate proceeds from this item through Dec 31, 2013 to the American Cancer Society.

Jul from JulsSewCrazy says:

Grandma died of Breast Cancer.
My friend died of Breast Cancer at 34.
My sister is a survivor (twice).
This hits close to home.
We support Susan G. Komen For the Cure and Walk for Life to help find a cure.
We make donations every year, and every walk, and every October.
Sending prayers and hugs out to all who need and want it.
Fight for the cure!

Glynis Ratcliffe from IntuitiveJewellery shared her story with us:

I have numerous friends who are breast cancer survivors. The first one was actually also the beginning of my jewellery line, and my first finished product. My friend was going through chemo, and having a bit of a rough go, and I wanted to give her something to focus on, or meditate on, while she was going through it. I was walking downtown, looking for inspiration, when I was drawn into this beautiful bead store. I was enchanted with the array of stones there, and found a book called “A String and a Prayer” and it was a book that explained how to make meditation bracelets and the like. I bought it, and taught myself to make one, and gave it to my friend, complete with the meanings of the stones written out for her. She wore it for the rest of her chemo treatments, and then passed it on to a friend who used it for her chemo, who passed it on to another friend…and so on. A few years later, I asked my friend if she still had the bracelet, and she said it had been passed on again. I was so happy that my little gift was able to help so many women dealing with this disease. I hope it’s still out there, making the rounds. It’s been 10 years now, almost.

Pink Gemstone Cluster Earrings From IntuitiveJewellery

Pink Gemstone Cluster Earrings From IntuitiveJewellery

Tammy Fox from foxcreationsonline created sparkling crosses with rhinestones and Swarovski crystals – “In memory of my husband’s father, my two aunts and one uncle and so many others who have lost their lives to this terrible disease.”

So many artisans put their heart into creating beautiful pink masterpieces, with so much love and hope!

In the next post we will talk more about the history of Breast Cancer Awareness movement in the world. We will also look into happy stories of celebrity survivors and our team members, their families and friends.

Stay tuned, think pink, spread hope and love!

Oksana