I started writing about teamwork in 2000. Somehow I got the urge to write what I found to work when participating in an IT project, in a staff or leadership role. My first attempt was by email to people in IT who I worked with, presently or the past, and those I knew through various professional associations. I named this periodical the Information Technology Team Coaching Monthly. To my surprise it was well received. I did get some immediate cancellations but most people stayed on the list and I received a number of positive feedbacks. Over the next couple of years, the ITTC periodical became TeamTacks Journal after more people signed up who were not in IT. I received comments from all over the country not just in Arizona but from distant places such as New York City, Sarasota, Florida and even from Argentina. This blog has all the past issues.
There’s more I want to share. From 2003 through 2010 I dealt with being a pathological gambler. Though my family suffered greatly, it was through my family’s strength, courage, and out and out commitment, I am writing this post. Recovering and attempting to again contribute to our community… our country… our world. I now live in Denver close to my youngest son and his family. His willingness to be responsible and take charge of where my life was heading has brought me here today. The last six months has been a time of reflection, meditation and recommitment. A little over three years ago, in trying to put my addiction in perspective to my career and home life, I wrote my life story. I had no intention of publishing it for it was intended as a legacy for my children. I shared my story with my siblings as well as my children where my sister Sharon sent an email to me saying: “This book needs to be published…I really don’t know how to do that, but I know in my heart this needs to be published. Yes for your kids, but also for others who struggle with the same demons you struggle with, and for hope. I think this goes under the heading of inspired writing…submit it!” (Now Know was published in August 2008)
After publication I felt my life would change and my addiction would be a thing of the past. It didn’t and it wasn’t, for what I said I learned in my story, I had not assimilated in my life. This post is part of that assimilation.
I now live in a senior apartment complex with people who all have had interesting and fulfilling life stories. Today Bill and I talked about life after he read Now Know. After our conversation I knew I needed to write this post. Bill is 82. Throughout his life he was a business and community leader and world traveler. At seventy he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and today he continues to be a community leader in guiding the Denver school systems to greater success. He acknowledged that he and I have “parallel beliefs” as to who we are. He referred to the Ten Commandments of Teamwork as exceptional guidelines to live a fruitful life. He also gave his answers to the questions in the last chapter of Now Know.
Does God exist?
Is God omnipotent?
Is God love?
Can evil exist where there is love?
Final words —
”Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” -
General George S. Patton (1885 – 1945)
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” -
William Shedd (1820 – 1894)
“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.” -
Lou Holtz (1937-, American Football Coach)