COMMENTARY 983.4: Working Together

I want to be thin — especially when I’m not hungry.

And it seems the President and members of Congress want to work together — especially if they don’t have strong feelings about the issue.

I liked President Obama’s call for more civility and greater cooperation, but I’m not convinced it will happen. There’s always a lot of room between rhetoric and reality.

Of course, calls for unity are not new. President John Kennedy was lofty in his appeal: “Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, and tap the ocean depths.”

In politics, business, sports, and family, cooperation, collaboration and teamwork are not just great words, they’re great strategies.

As Ken Blanchard tells us, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” After all, TEAM means “Together Everyone Achieves More!”

Lots of people have said some smart and inspiring things about the power of unity. Here’s some of my favorites:

Vince Lombardi: “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Finally, remember what Harry Truman said: “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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