What #EtsyCIJ Means To You – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

For this years #EtsyCIJ event we want to know what this team means to you.
We know this team has meant a lot to some,has been a stepping stone to others and their main focus to a few.

What do you think of when this team comes to mind? What does this team mean to you?

Patty from PupcakesBowWowtique says to me this team means a chance. Since I started on Etsy a year ago I have had a few sales trickle in. In joining this team I am hoping that my shop will have a chance to grow. I also see this as an opportunity to get to know other team members and help each other along the way as we are a team after all.

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Lavender and Chamomile dog shampoo

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals said being part of many other teams I value and appreciate what teams can do for me and I for them.
Making new friends, brain storm with other artists I love that very much .
so joining this team is a wonderful opportunity for me–never belonged to a Christmas team before-I look forward to faving all of you and hope we have great season 2017.

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Rustic boho christmas tree ornaments

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Christmas In July Team – An Etsy Fellow

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Etsy is an e-commerce site,yet also a community of makers and trend setters. Since Etsians have common goals we have a Fellowship to help facilitate growth,change and better peer-to-peer relations.

The purpose behind the Fellowship Program is an opportunity for Etsy Team Captains and Leaders to receive resources to help strengthen their teams, improve their team members’ shops and build their own leadership experience.

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Christmas in July Team has participated in a Fellowship the last 4 Quarters and we have grown and learned so much from these opportunities. We have also met so many new and wonderful  Etsy leaders among the way.

Etsyverse was brought to life to be a place for any Fellowship Etsy team to share knowledge,share promotions, and to be a visionary community of makers and doers.

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Etsyverse facilitates many promotions between Fellowship teams including a Team of the Month, September SEO(Search Engine Optimization)Workshop and the Etsyverse Holiday Sale!

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?