Teamwork... by Nathan Story

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

- Andrew Carnegie

As I begin my third season with New Frontiers Landscaping, it is now a bit easier to look back at past failures and successes. As landscape contractors, we are trained to look at success and failure through a different lens than others. Does a job take longer than it should? Is the effort I am putting into a project equal to the progress we as a team are making? Is the customer’s vision shown throughout a project? And finally, am I and my team happy with the outcome of a project?

Consistency in design can be the death of creativity while consistency in teamwork drives the proverbial machine forward. It is this consistency for which we strive to achieve. Having the knowledge that consistent hard work and dedication are the unit by which we measure our success, how do we form our team to best succeed?

We build our team like we build our walls, from the base up. A solid base holds the system up and keeps the system level. Just like a solid base, it is the leader’s responsibility to keep a team together and moving forward. From the base we lay our first blocks. These blocks form with the base a foundation responsible for the strength and direction of the entire wall. Like these first blocks, it is the foreman’s responsibility to motivate individual crew members in the direction of the entire team. Finally from the foundation we build the wall. Brick by brick the wall forms until we have a functioning system where each separate part relies on its counterparts to keep the wall together.

In order to succeed, the leader relies on individuals within the team to function consistently and to their fullest potential.

- Nathan Story