It has been my pleasure to come across people who share my vision and goals for teamwork and teamwork development. Robert Frank has a leadership style that focuses on these subjects from the mind of someone who holds a doctor’s degree in physics. You can find Robert’s unique story here!
Here are a few quotes from Robert that are worth your time.
- Caring for God’s awesome creation is a tremendous responsibility that cannot be carried out successfully without prayer and exceptional teamwork.
- What are the requirements to serve on Christ’s Team? You have to love and care for God’s creation. That means loving and caring for other people and the earth that is our home. You have to love and take care of the health of your body and develop the skills that are God’s gifts to you. You also have to gather with other members of the Team on a regular basis to learn and practice teamwork. I have found it to be a wonderful experience to serve on Christ’s Team with other loving people.
- Jesus’ legacy is the human teamwork that fostered the advancement of education and scientific research that is such an important part of our current civilization. He taught his followers to love God and love each other and showed them by example that teamwork makes love functional.
- Teamwork by definition requires the coordinated efforts of people with different backgrounds and skills to achieve a specific goal. Modern medical science, that has played such an important role in the relief of suffering, is able to achieve its great accomplishments because it has made effective use of teamwork. Team sports have been very helpful for teaching the fundamentals of teamwork.
- Just as physical darkness shuts down visual communication between people, social darkness often refers to social isolation. Human experience has taught us that we all need loving relationships with other people in order to lead happy and productive lives. When human relationships are broken, we are left in social darkness. Bonds of love are often broken as a result of physical, mental, or social disabilities. Jesus Christ was the ultimate servant leader. Instead of living in luxury and issuing orders, he taught his followers by example to love and care for those who are socially isolated. In John 8:12 in the Bible, it says, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
- In the 12th chapter of the Apostle Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians in the Bible, he compared the followers of Jesus to the parts of the human body. They are all different and function differently but all need each other and work together to achieve their purpose.A baseball team is like that. Each of the players sees the game from a different perspective. A catcher sees the game sitting close behind the batter while an outfielder sees the batter from a great distance. A catcher has to be very good at catching fast balls thrown from short distances while an outfielder needs to run fast to catch balls falling from great heights. All baseball team members thus have different views and different abilities, but they all need each other to achieve their purpose. Can you imagine a catcher in baseball that felt that he didn’t need the coach or the rest of the team? That is what sin is in the Christian religion.
- There is a big difference between a team effort and people living together in loosely connected relationships. The team concept requires a well understood goal and coordinated effort on the part of the members. It also includes the understanding that every member is equally important to the success of the team in spite of their different interests and abilities.
- Music has developed over a long period of time into a culture that has its own language. One example is that there are many music groups such as choirs, choruses, bands, orchestras, ensembles, and others that are excellent examples of teams, but the word “team” is never used to describe them. A band, for example consists of musicians who each play different instruments and different music but blend so well together that it sounds like a single instrument. Each part is equally important to the quality of the sound.Music groupsare coached by persons called conductors or directors who are not only responsible for teaching the members how to work together, but use arm movements to control the timing of their participation duringthe performance of the music. In music, the plan for the performance is usually carefully written ahead of time by a composer. Thus the musicians have very little freedom andare required to stick to the plan or score. An exception is jazz music in which the musicians have more freedom.At different times in my life I have played in bands and sung in choirs, so I know what it is like to have that wonderful feeling of being part of something important and wanting to contribute my part as well as I possibly could. For a very long time Christianity has been teaching teamwork through its music groups and while they were not called teams they have always been excellent examples of teamwork.
- For more quotes and articles by Robert Frank visit his website.