A Frequent Flying Citrus Fruit

A couple of posts back, we used a fable. This is not a fable, but it is intentionally generic.

There is a person, a licensed professional, who is the “go to” person in a professional facility. This person rises at 5:15 am, gets ready for work and then has a cup of coffee and reads for a while before leaving for work 6:15 am. They are back in the house by 4:00 pm. The round trip is about 12 miles.  

Oh, yes. During that morning prep time they fill a plastic container with dry cereal and wrap an orange in a paper towel. When they return in the afternoon, nine times out of ten, the cereal is still in the container and the orange is still snuggled in the paper towel ready to repeat the trip tomorrow.

What’s the point? There’s supposed to be teams of para-professionals manning the “stations” in this facility. They are teams in name only. Despite the fact that a couple of years back, the administration paid a teacher from the local community college to hold a few seminars on team development. So the orange sits in a drawer with its friend the cereal and maybe once a week they get eaten. Usually they ride a lot because their chauffer can’t risk leaving the para-professionals to their own devices for too long.

“A rose is a rose is a rose,” to quote Gertrude Stein. A team that is not trained in how to use the essential tools of team development is not a team.

To close on a lighter note:

Question. Why was the girl staring at the carton of orange juice? Answer

Comments welcome.

About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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