The Power of a Team


I’m going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don’t fly. They’re the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over – so it’s teamwork.    Alex Ferguson

I have always been fascinated with geese flying in the V-formation. Watching them fly is magical. Whenever I see them it is like a wake up call. It just puts everything in to perspective. Part of the magic is that geese work as a team. That is what gives them the power and endurance they need to reach their destination.  Flying thousands of miles is no small task. Would they even make it if they were flying alone? 

Blood, sweat, and tears

For the past two years, I have been putting the vast majority of my energy into starting Mountain Bird Designs. Using my heart and soul (and brain) to bring my vision to fruition. 

Blood, sweat and tears. Literally. Sewing prototypes involves using sharp objects like needles, pins, scissors and seam rippers. They might sound dangerous but there really isn’t that much blood. Still being poked by a sharp object does hurt. Let’s skip the sweat part. Yes, I have sweated but sweating is just a typical every day event. Right? But the tears are a bigger deal at least for me. Navigating in an entirely new world that has little to do with science or epidemiology isn’t easy. Especially when there is a lot at stake. I can’t count the number of  times that tears have accompanied my frustration, my feelings of vulnerability and doubt, and my worries about Mountain Bird Designs. Anyway, my CDC colleagues knicknamed me “Town Cryer” so it shouldn’t be too surprising.

The power of a team

In spite of all obstacles everything has fallen in to place. We are starting our Indiegogo capital fund raising campaign on Feb 2 and I am very excited (but still kind of scared). How did we get here? Well first, I never gave up. I was persistent but not always patient. And sometimes teary. But things do fall in line as they should. Just like the geese in V-formation.

While I am often flying in the front, I am just as frequently flying in the back. There is so much knowledge and such a wide range of skills in the Mountain Bird Designs team. Everyone added value that no one else could. 

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Andrew Carnegie

Thank you Shannon Lynberg for your expertise in web design, social media, and marketing. (And for not giving up on your social media-challenged mother.) Thank you Eric Broussard-Bueno for your endless hours of video editing and photo taking. You are an amazing cracker-jack. Thank you Javier Gutierrez for your fabulous graphic design capability and the long hours spent on weekends and evenings to make everything look just right. But there are other members of the team that are instrumental in our success because we wouldn’t have any products to sell without them. Thank you Craig Lynberg, Jeanette Kaczenas and Melissa Milakovic. We are lucky to be able to feature your beautiful artwork.

I am blessed to have a team of such talented and kind souls who work tirelessly to meet Mountain Bird Designs’ mission. What more could I ask for?

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