Teamwork

Who’s Packing Your Parachute?

Charles Plum, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a jet fighter pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent six years in a Communist prison. He survived that ordeal and now lectures about lessons learned from that experience.

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”

“How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb.

“I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, “I guess it worked!”

Plumb assured him, “It sure did – if your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform – a Dixie cup hat, a bib in the back, and bell bottom trousers. I wondered how many times I might have passed him on the Kitty Hawk. I wondered how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you,’ or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.”

Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know.

Now, Plumb asks his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute? Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day.”

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I am Like a Snowball

“The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball — the further I am rolled the more I gain.” – Susan B. Anthony

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What You Have to Hide

“Imagine what it would be like to live in a world where you are more concerned about what you have to offer than what you have to hide.”

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This is Teamwork

“The greatest accomplishments in life are not achieved by individuals alone, but by proactive people pulling together for a common good. Our mission in life is to offer our gifts to benefit one another, to create mutual gain in the world. What are you doing to cultivate a team-first, cooperative environment?” – John Murphy

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Because the Patient

Dedicated to all healthcare workers, both clinical and non-clinical…

  • Because the patient has a need, we have a job to do.
  • Because the patient has a choice, we must be the better choice.
  • Because the patient has sensibilities, we must be considerate.
  • Because the patient has urgency, we must be quick.
  • Because the patient is unique, we must be flexible.
  • Because the patient has high expectations, we must excel.
  • Because the patient has influence, we have the hope of more patients.
  • Because of the patient, we exist.
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Different, But Necessary

“We have different personalities and different skills and the kind of things that we do, we can do together that neither of us can do separately.” – Guy Burgess

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Working Together is Essential

“Working together is more than a good idea, it’s essential to individual and organizational success.” – Sondra Thiederman

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Talent, Teamwork, and Intelligence

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan

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