As a huge sports fan, I am a big proponent of having a “team.” Even though the sports I participated in as a youngster were more individualized (swimming, gymnastics), it was always great to have a team behind you for support when it’s your turn to dive in. Also, having a team gives you the ability to concentrate on whatever event in which you excel. I was never an all-around competitor, but instead I focused on my best skills and succeeded in those specific events.
Here at the office, it’s a similar situation. I couldn’t put the magazine out on my own, and I’m lucky to be working with a great team. Since we are a small office, it is that much more important that we all work hard at our individual tasks, and then work together smoothly to create a finished product. Account executive Theresa and art director Kevin are my fabulous Chicago Agent teammates, and having worked together for two years now, the three of us can communicate and get things done in a seamless fashion. We all know our roles, but we also step in to help the others in a time of need.
In terms of assistants, I have been one and I’ve had one. Currently, I have some great summer interns filling that role in the office, and their contributions are immeasurable. The summer is slowly coming to an end, and it will be hard to replace the talent that whisked through here this season.
It is for these collective reasons that I am so thrilled by our Teams and Assistants issue. A large number of Chicagoland Realtors work with a team, and it’s time to find out what works and what does not for those choosing to explore this type of working relationship. In our cover story, we found a team leader, a husband and wife team and a mother/daughter team to give us some insight on the advantages and disadvantages that come from working in a team setting. Also, all of the features compiled in this issue came from real estate teams in the Chicagoland area. As for assistants, they can be found all over the real estate world, and it’s time that they get their due notice.
The fact of the matter is that working as a team or having an assistant is not the right choice for everyone. Some people prefer to work solo, and get things done more efficiently that way. However, it’s always a good idea to explore your options. Last issue I threw the cliché at you that slow and steady wins the race, this time I want to make sure you know that two heads are better than one.