Teamwork: It Really Does Make the Dream Work
The third week in
May is a very special week in Annapolis, MD. It is Commencement Week
for the United States Naval Academy midshipmen, and every year the
Blue Angels rehearse on Tuesday and perform on Wednesday afternoon.
This year, for the first time in many years, several friends and I
went to see this magnificent team perform and perform they did. I
took this picture while the aircrafts were moving at speeds well in
excess of 400 miles per hour notice the distance between the wings
of the two aircraft.
Every Blue Angel
performance is based around the center point. For this event, the
center point was on the Severn River which borders the US Naval
Academy. This is where we took our seats, and awaited the show's
If you have never
experienced this amazing team in action, you are certainly missing a
demonstration of true of teamwork at its best. Watching and hearing
the F-18 Hornets approach in and of itself is awe inspiring.
Watching them approach from opposite ends of the center point at
maximum velocity with minimal separation is nothing short of
The level of trust
that the pilots have with each other is understandable the level of
trust that they have with the enlisted men and women who maintain
their aircraft, and support the team is equally amazing. For the
Blue Angels every mission is critical. A successful performance is a
matter of life and death. While everyone has his/her role to play on
independent teams, each team realizes they are part of several other
teams; and that each team must collaborate with all other teams to
make any Blue Angels performance successful. While the pilots are
often credit with the success of the performance, let's not forget
the rest of the teams that also make significant contributions.
This same concept
holds true in every organization. Many times those at the top, or
most visible, get the credit for the team's success. Don't forget
the behind the scenes teams also contribute to the overall success
and should be recognized.
realize that the team they're on is part of a larger team, with
larger vision and mission. Whether your team is just a few, or a
large project team, everyone is part of the bigger vision and
Take a moment and
think about the team(s) you work on everyday, and answer the
Does your team communicate effectively at every
Does your team put the team first every time?
How well do your team's values align with the
purpose, mission, and vision of the bigger team or organization?
How well are your team members trained in the job
functions of others?
just a few of the values of this elite team called the Blue Angels.
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