5 Team Work lessons from American Idol

The kids watch it, so I wanted to make sure they get some teamwork lessons out of it....

Sure, it takes talent to make it on American Idol.

But how does teamwork figure in this talent show?

You take individually talented singers and make them sing as a team. Based on their team performance, you judge contestants individually. Interesting. Sounds perhaps a little like your job environment?

Here are some lessons I learned from watching tonight:

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Exploring Your Values in the Workplace

Can you remember the first time you truly felt connected to your job?

I can.

I was fresh out of school and working as a physiotherapist at a large teaching hospital in Montreal. My colleagues and I felt young and invincible, and life was beautiful. On the neurosurgery floor, I worked with post-surgery patients, helping them become active again with intense one-on-one sessions. On this floor I met many patients who had terminal brain cancer. This was where I learned my first lessons about living in the moment and it is also where, for the first time, I felt truly inspired and connected to my work. This experience touched me to my core and anchored my true passion.

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The Mental Game of Hockey and Life

If you were like me during the World Junior Hockey final between Canada and Russia, you were pretty confident that Canada would win after the second period. I was so certain of the victory that I took a call from a friend. She asked if it was a good time to talk and I replied, “sure, Canada is ahead 3-0. We know who’s going to win this game”.

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