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[Quote No.49274] Need Area: Work > Team
"Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity." - Vince Lombardi

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[Quote No.49489] Need Area: Work > Team
"The Chain-Web-Net of Value and Social Gratitude: For each thing you have it is possible to ask, ‘Who and what can I thank for that?’ and then ‘Who and what would that person also feel they should thank for what they contributed?’ And so on almost endlessly. Think of the essay, ‘I Pencil’ which describes all the people involved in the making of a pencil as an example of this Chain-Web-Net of Value and therefore the Chain-Web-Net of Social Gratitude. " - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.49496] Need Area: Work > Team
"A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships." - Stephen Covey
(1932 - 2012) Author and Consultant.
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[Quote No.49707] Need Area: Work > Team
"[In a team like] In the family, happiness is in the ratio in which each is serving the others, seeking one another's good, and bearing one another's burdens." - Henry Ward Beecher

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[Quote No.49951] Need Area: Work > Team
"If you hang out with chickens, you're going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you're going to fly." - Steve Maraboli
'Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience'.
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[Quote No.50187] Need Area: Work > Team
"Simply giving employees a sense of agency [freedom and empowerment within areas and to meet goals with incentives and accountability attached] - a feeling that they are in control, that they have genuine decision-making authority - can radically increase how much energy and focus they bring to their jobs!" - Charles Duhigg
'The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business'.
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[Quote No.50211] Need Area: Work > Team
"Teamwork makes the dream work..." - John C. Maxwell

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[Quote No.50243] Need Area: Work > Team
"A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together!" - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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[Quote No.50315] Need Area: Work > Team
"Get the best people and train them well." - Scott McNealy

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[Quote No.50693] Need Area: Work > Team
"[Independence and self-sufficiency first and foremost. This means you need less help from others and allows you to help others more:] It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm!' " - Sam Levenson
American humorist, writer, teacher, television host and journalist.
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[Quote No.50869] Need Area: Work > Team
"There is nothing more important for a business than hiring the right team. If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success. " - Richard Branson
Self-made billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group of companies.
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[Quote No.51015] Need Area: Work > Team
"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." - Woodrow Wilson

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[Quote No.51404] Need Area: Work > Team
"One person with a commitment is worth more than 100 people who have only an interest!! " - Mary Crowley

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[Quote No.51446] Need Area: Work > Team
"If there is any one axiom that I have tried to live up to in trying to become successful in business, it is the fact that I have tried to surround myself with associates that know more about business than I do. This policy has always been very successful and is still working for me." - Monte L. Bean
He was one of the top general managers of what was to become the Safeway Corporation. Later with his son he built a single Pay'n Save drugstore into a large US corporation -- now disassembled -- that at one time included Lamonts Apparel, Schuck's Auto Supply, Ernst Home Centers, Malmo Nurseries, Sportswest sporting goods stores and Pay'n Save Drugs.
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[Quote No.51480] Need Area: Work > Team
"An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way - that leads to collective organizational success." - Stephen Covey

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[Quote No.51593] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A true story - with a message about humility, teamwork and true leadership:] Many years ago, a rider came across some soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log without success. The corporal was standing by as the men struggled. The rider asked the corporal why he wasn’t helping. The corporal replied, 'I am the corporal. I give the orders.' The rider dismounted, went up and stood by the soldiers and as they were lifting the log, he helped them. With his help, the log got moved. The rider quietly mounted his horse and went to the corporal and said, 'The next time your men need help, send for the Commander-in-Chief.' After he left, the corporal and his men found out that the rider was General George Washington! The message is pretty clear. Success and humility go hand in hand." - Unknown

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[Quote No.51633] Need Area: Work > Team
"People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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[Quote No.51683] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A story - with a message about win-win co-operation, helping each other and TEAM-work because then Together Everyone Achieves More:] - The Parable of the Long Knives, Forks and spoons. A man died and St. Peter asked him if he would like to go to heaven or hell. The man asked if he could see both before deciding. St. Peter took him to hell first and the man saw a big hall with a long table, lots of food on it and music playing. He also saw rows of people with pale, sad faces. They looked starved and there was no laughter. And he observed one more thing. Their hands were tied to four-foot knives, forks and spoons and they were trying to get the food from the center of the table to put into their mouths. But they couldn't. Then, he went to see heaven. There he saw a big hall with a long table, with lots of food on the table and music playing. He noticed rows of people on both sides of the table with their hands tied to four-foot knives, forks and spoons also. But he observed there was something different here. People were laughing and were well-fed and healthy-looking. He noticed that they were feeding one another across the table. The result was happiness, prosperity, enjoyment, and gratification because they were not thinking of themselves alone. The same is true of our lives." - Unknown

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[Quote No.51735] Need Area: Work > Team
"Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves." - Laura Esquivel

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[Quote No.51824] Need Area: Work > Team
"When spiderwebs unite, they can tie up a lion." - Ethiopian proverb

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[Quote No.51912] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A story - with a message about helping our team-mates:] Aesop's Fables - The Ass and the Mule - A Muleteer set forth on a journey, driving before him an Ass and a Mule, both well laden. The Ass, as long as he traveled along the plain, carried his load with ease, but when he began to ascend the steep path of the mountain, felt his load to be more than he could bear. He entreated his companion to relieve him of a small portion, that he might carry home the rest; but the Mule paid no attention to the request. The Ass shortly afterwards fell down dead under his burden. Not knowing what else to do in so wild a region, the Muleteer placed upon the Mule the load carried by the Ass in addition to his own, and at the top of all placed the hide of the Ass, after he had skinned him. The Mule, groaning beneath his heavy burden, said to himself: 'I am treated according to my deserts. If I had only been willing to assist the Ass a little in his need, I should not now be bearing, together with his burden, himself as well.' " - Aesop

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[Quote No.51917] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A story - with a message about teamwork and unity:] Aesop's Fables - The Father and His Sons - A father had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among themselves. When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhortations, he determined to give them a practical illustration of the evils of disunion; and for this purpose he one day told them to bring him a bundle of sticks. When they had done so, he placed the faggot into the hands of each of them in succession, and ordered them to break it in pieces. They tried with all their strength, and were not able to do it. He next opened the faggot, took the sticks separately, one by one, and again put them into his sons' hands, upon which they broke them easily. He then addressed them in these words: 'My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each other, you will be as this faggot, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies; but if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks.' " - Aesop

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[Quote No.51989] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A story - with a message about teamwork and taking initiative to do what you know needs to be done around a company or in a family, etc., without having to be told to do it - even if it isn't your responsibility.] - That's Not My Job - This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody have done." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52007] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A story - with a message about the importance of everyone in the team.] - The Most Important Question - During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: 'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?' Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. 'Absolutely,' said the professor. 'In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.' I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy." - Joann C. Jones
Quoted in the book, 'Heart at Work: Stories and Strategies for Building Self-esteem and Reawakening the Soul at Work' by Jack Canfield and Jacqueline Miller.
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[Quote No.52011] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A true story - with a message about the power of giving and receiving appreciation to increase respect, warmth and bring people together.] - Rich Beyond Measure - Today I feel rich beyond measure. What began as a new idea for my department's celebration of the holiday season has become a very moving and enriching experience. I was tired of the usual ‘draw names and buy a joke gift for under $15’ way of holiday celebration, so I proposed that we try something different. ‘How about giving each other the gift of acknowledgment?’ I asked. Everyone agreed; they were even enthusiastic. A few days before Christmas, six of us gathered in my office. To start, I asked that we all observe a few ground rules. The person whose turn it was to be acknowledged could only say ‘thank you.’ I also pointed out that it might be natural to feel uncomfortable giving and receiving acknowledgment, but if some people were truly uncomfortable, they could ask for their acknowledgment in private. Silence and pauses were deemed to be all right. They were probably just opportunities to let the good stuff sink in. As we began our process, it struck me that the tribes and communities that pass their cultures along through storytelling are very wise people. Invariably, whoever was speaking would tell a story that illustrated the acknowledgment he or she wanted to make. Each of us started our communication by saying to our colleague, ‘(Name), the gift you give me is ...’ As each group member spoke to the person being acknowledged, I began to see sides of my colleagues of which I wasn't aware. One male staffer acknowledged another male for his state of grace that shone through. Another said, ‘I rest easy knowing you are the one in your position.’ Other comments included ‘You give me the gift of your patience,’ ‘You listen to me,’ ‘I knew the moment I met you that I belonged here,’ and so on. It was a privilege to be there. The spirit and connectedness we shared for those 60 minutes became bigger than we were. When we finished, no one wanted to speak; we didn't want to break the spell. It had been woven with heartfelt, authentic, simple truths that we had shared with each other. We were all humbled and enriched by it. I believe we will always treasure the gifts we gave each other that day. I know how priceless my own acknowledgments were for me. It cost each of us nothing but our willingness to see the gifts in others and to speak it out loud." - Christine Barnes
'Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work'.
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[Quote No.52014] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A true story - with a message about appreciating those that help us.] - The Secret of an Efficient Secretary - Arnold Bennett, the British novelist, had a publisher who boasted about the extraordinary efficiency of his secretary. One day while visiting the publisher's office, Bennett asked her: 'Your boss claims you're extremely efficient. What's your secret?' 'It's not my secret,' said the secretary, 'it's his.' Each time she did something for him, no matter how insignificant, she explained, he never failed to acknowledge and appreciate it. Because of this, she took infinite pains with her work!" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52020] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A story - with a message about appreciating those who contribute to your life and the team effort.] - Who Packed My Parachute - Charles Plumb, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a jet 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 6 years in a Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on 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 white hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder 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 even 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. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory --- he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety. Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason. As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize people who pack your parachute. I am sending you this as my way of thanking you for your part in packing my parachute!!! " - Unknown

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[Quote No.52127] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A true story - with a message about how important appreciating others and giving them praise can be to others and their self-esteem!] - All the Good Things - He was in the first third grade class I taught at Saint Mary's School in Morris, Minnesota [USA]. All 34 of my students were dear to me, but Mark Eklund was one in a million. Very neat in appearance, but had that happy-to-be-alive attitude that made even his occasional mischievousness delightful. Mark talked incessantly. I had to remind him again and again that talking without permission was not acceptable. What impressed me so much, though, was his sincere response every time I had to correct him for misbehaving - ‘Thank you for correcting me, Sister!’ I didn't know what to make of it at first, but before long I became accustomed to hearing it many times a day. One morning my patience was growing thin when Mark talked once too often, and then I made a novice-teacher's mistake. I looked at him and said, ‘If you say one more word, I am going to tape your mouth shut!’ It wasn't ten seconds later when Chuck blurted out, ‘Mark is talking again.’ I hadn't asked any of the students to help me watch Mark, but since I had stated the punishment in front of the class, I had to act on it. I remember the scene as if it had occurred this morning. I walked to my desk, very deliberately opened my drawer and took out a roll of masking tape. Without saying a word, I proceeded to Mark's desk, tore off two pieces of tape and made a big X with them over his mouth. I then returned to the front of the room. As I glanced at Mark to see how he was doing he winked at me. That did it! I started laughing. The class cheered as I walked back to Mark's desk, removed the tape and shrugged my shoulders. His first words were, ‘Thank you for correcting me, Sister.’ At the end of the year I was asked to teach junior-high math. The years flew by, and before I knew it Mark was in my classroom again. He was more handsome than ever and just as polite. Since he had to listen carefully to my instructions in the ‘new math,’ he did not talk as much in ninth grade as he had in the third. One Friday, things just didn't feel right. We had worked hard on a new concept all week, and I sensed that the students were frowning, frustrated with themselves - and edgy with one another. I had to stop this crankiness before it got out of hand. So I asked them to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then I told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of he class period to finish the assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed me the papers. Charlie smiled. Marked said, ‘Thank you for teaching me, Sister. Have a good weekend.’ That Saturday, I wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and I listed what everyone else had said about that individual. On Monday I gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. ‘Really?’ I heard whispered. ‘I never knew that meant anything to anyone!’ ‘I didn't know others liked me so much!’ No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. I never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another again. That group of students moved on. Several years later, after I returned from vacation, my parents met me at the airport. As we were driving home, Mother asked me the usual questions about the trip - the weather, my experiences in general. There was a light lull in the conversation. Mother gave Dad a side-ways glance and simply says, ‘Dad?’ My father cleared his throat as he usually did before something important. ‘The Eklunds called last night,’ he began. ‘Really?’ I said. ‘I haven't heard from them in years. I wonder how Mark is.’ Dad responded quietly. ‘Mark was killed in Vietnam,’ he said. ‘The funeral is tomorrow, and his parents would like it if you could attend.’ To this day I can still point to the exact spot on I-494 where Dad told me about Mark. I had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. Mark looked so handsome, so mature. All I could think at that moment was, Mark, I would give all the masking tape in the world if only you would talk to me. The church was packed with Mark's friends. Chuck's sister sang ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic.’ Why did it have to rain on the day of the funeral? It was difficult enough at the graveside. The pastor said the usual prayers, and the bugler played taps. One by one those who loved Mark took a last walk by the coffin and sprinkled it with holy water. I was the last one to bless the coffin. As I stood there, one of the soldiers who had acted as pallbearer came up to me. ‘Were you Mark's math teacher?’ he asked. I nodded as I continued to stare at the coffin. ‘Mark talked about you a lot,’ he said. After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates headed to Chucks farmhouse for lunch. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting for me. ‘We want to show you something,’ his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. ‘They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.’ Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. I knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which I had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him. ‘Thank you so much for doing that’ Mark's mother said. ‘As you can see, Mark treasured it.’ Mark's classmates started to gather around us. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, ‘I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home.’ Chuck's wife said, ‘Chuck asked me to put this in our wedding album.’ ‘I have mine too,’ Marilyn said. ‘It's in my diary.’ Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. ‘I carry this with me at all times,’ Vicki said without batting an eyelash. ‘I think we all saved our lists.’ That's when I finally sat down and cried. I cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again." - Sister Helen P. Mrosia

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"[A true story - with a message about helping others and following the Golden Rule of treating others as you'd like to be treated in the same circumstances!] - The Boy Under the Tree - In the summer recess between freshman and sophomore years in college, I was invited to be an instructor at a high school leadership camp hosted by a college in Michigan. I was already highly involved in most campus activities, and I jumped at the opportunity. About an hour into the first day of camp, amid the frenzy of icebreakers and forced interactions, I first noticed the boy under the tree. He was small and skinny, and his obvious discomfort and shyness made him appear frail and fragile. Only 50 feet away, 200 eager campers were bumping bodies, playing, joking and meeting each other, but the boy under the tree seemed to want to be anywhere other than where he was. The desperate loneliness he radiated almost stopped me from approaching him, but I remembered the instructions from the senior staff to stay alert for campers who might feel left out. As I walked toward him I said, ‘Hi, my name is Kevin and I'm one of the counselors. It's nice to meet you. How are you?’ In a shaky, sheepish voice he reluctantly answered, ‘Okay, I guess’ I calmly asked him if he wanted to join the activities and meet some new people. He quietly replied, ‘No, this is not really my thing.’ I could sense that he was in a new world, that this whole experience was foreign to him. But I somehow knew it wouldn't be right to push him, either. He didn't need a pep talk, he needed a friend. After several silent moments, my first interaction with the boy under the tree was over. At lunch the next day, I found myself leading camp songs at the top of my lungs for 200 of my new friends. The campers eagerly participated. My gaze wandered over the mass of noise and movement and was caught by the image of the boy from under the tree, sitting alone, staring out the window. I nearly forgot the words to the song I was supposed to be leading. At my first opportunity, I tried again, with the same questions as before: ‘How are you doing? Are you okay?’ To which he again replied, ‘Yeah, I'm alright. I just don't really get into this stuff.’ As I left the cafeteria, I realized this was going to take more time and effort than I had thought -- if it was even possible to get through to him at all. That evening at our nightly staff meeting, I made my concerns about him known. I explained to my fellow staff members my impression of him and asked them to pay special attention and spend time with him when they could. The days I spent at that camp flew by faster than any others I have known. Thus, before I knew it, mid-week had dissolved into the final night of camp and I was chaperoning the ‘last dance.’ The students were doing all they could to savor every last moment with their new ‘best friends’ -- friends they would probably never see again. As I watched the campers share their parting moments, I suddenly saw what would be one of the most vivid memories of my life. The boy from under the tree, who stared blankly out the kitchen window, was now a shirtless dancing wonder. He owned the dance floor as he and two girls proceeded to cut up a rug. I watched as he shared meaningful, intimate time with people at whom he couldn't even look just days earlier. I couldn't believe it was him. In October of my sophomore year, a late-night phone call pulled me away from my chemistry book. A soft-spoken, unfamiliar voice asked politely, ‘Is Kevin there?’ ‘You're talking to him. Who's this?’ ‘This is Tom Johnson's mom. Do you remember Tommy from leadership camp?' The boy under the tree. How could I not remember? ‘Yes, I do,’ I said. ‘He's a very nice young man. How is he?’ An abnormally long pause followed, then Mrs. Johnson said, ‘My Tommy was walking home from school this week when he was hit by a car and killed.’ Shocked, I offered my condolences. ‘I just wanted to call you,’ she said, ‘because Tommy mentioned you so many times. I wanted you to know that he went back to school this fall with confidence. He made new friends. His grades went up. And he even went out on a few dates. I just wanted to thank you for making a difference for Tom. The last few months were the best few months of his life.’ In that instant, I realized how easy it is to give a bit of yourself every day. You may never know how much each gesture may mean to someone else. I tell this story as often as I can, and when I do, I urge others to look out for their own ‘boy under the tree.’ " - David Coleman and Kevin Randall

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[Quote No.52139] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A story - with a message about teamwork and the value of asking for help when your best effort on your own isn't quite enough.] - The Need to Ask Others - One day a small boy was trying to lift a heavy stone, but he couldn't budge it. His father, passing by, stopped to watch his son's efforts. Finally he said to his son: 'Are you using all your strength?' Exasperated, the boy cried, 'Yes, I am.' 'No, you're not,' said the father calmly. 'You haven't asked me to help you.'" - Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR
Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR (Third Order Franciscan). He has authored a number of books including the excellent 'More Sower's Seeds', which includes this story.
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"[A story - with a message about teamwork.] - The Rebellion Against the Stomach - Once a man had a dream in which his hands and feet and mouth and brain all began to rebel against his stomach. ‘You good-for-nothing sluggard!’ the hands said. ‘We work all day long, sawing and hammering and lifting and carrying. By evening we're covered with blisters and scratches, and our joints ache, and we're covered with dirt. And meanwhile you just sit there, hogging all the food.’ ‘We agree!’ cried the feet. ‘Think how sore we get, walking back and forth all day long. And you just stuff yourself full, you greedy pig, so that you're that much heavier to carry about.’ ‘That's right!’ whined the mouth. ‘Where do you think all that food you love comes form? I'm the one who has to chew it all up, and as soon as I'm finished you suck it all down for yourself. Do you call that fair?’ ‘And what about me?’ called the brain. ‘Do you think it's easy being up here, having to think about where your next meal is going to come from? And yet I get nothing at all for my pains.’ And one by one the parts of the body joined the complaint against the stomach, which didn't say anything at all. ‘I have an idea,’ the brain finally announced. ‘Let's all rebel against the lazy belly, and stop working for it.’ ‘Superb idea!’ all the other members and organs agreed. ‘We'll teach you how important we are, you pig. Then maybe you'll do a little work of your own.’ So they all stopped working. The hands refused to do lifting and carrying. The feet refused to walk. The mouth promised not to chew or swallow a single bite. And the brain swore it wouldn't come up with any more bright ideas. At first the stomach growled a bit, as it always did when it was hungry. But after a while it was quiet. Then, to the dreaming man's surprise, he found he could not walk. He could not grasp anything in his hand. He could not even open his mouth. And he suddenly began to feel rather ill. The dream seemed to go on for several days. As each day passed, the man felt worse and worse. ‘This rebellion had better not last much longer,’ he thought to himself, ‘or I'll starve.’ Meanwhile, the hands and feet and mouth and brain just lay there, getting weaker and weaker. At first they roused themselves just enough to taunt the stomach every once in a while, but before long they didn't even have the energy for that. Finally the man heart a faint voice coming from the direction of his feet. ‘It could be that we were wrong,’ they were saying. ‘We suppose the stomach might have been working in his own way all along.’ ‘I was just thinking the same thing,’ murmured the brain. ‘It's true that he's been getting all the food. But it seems he's been sending most of it right back to us.’ ‘We might as well admit our error,’ the mouth said. ‘The stomach has just as much work to do as the hands and feet and brain and teeth.’ ‘Then let's get back to work,’ they cried together. And at that the man woke up. To his relief, he discovered his feet could walk again. His hands could grasp, his mouth could chew, and his brain could now think clearly. He began to feel much better. ‘Well, there's a lesson for me,’ he thought as he filled his stomach at breakfast. ‘Either we all work together, or nothing works at all.’ " - Unknown
Quoted in 'The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories', edited by William J. Bennett.
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[Quote No.52181] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A true story - with a message about teamwork.] - The Sense of a Goose - When you see geese flying along in 'V' formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in 'V' formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone - and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are. When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What messages do we give when we honk from behind? Finally - and this is important - when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that." - Unknown
'Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul', by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Patty Hansen.
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[Quote No.52434] Need Area: Work > Team
"[A true story - with a message about how a real team looks after its members.] - Take a Stand - Jackie Robinson made history when he became the first black baseball player to break into the major leagues by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. Branch Rickey, owner of the Dodgers at that time, told Robinson, 'It'll be tough. You're going to take abuse you never dreamed of. But if you're willing to try, I'll back you all the way.' And Rickey was right. Jackie was abused verbally (not to mention physically by runners coming into second base). Racial slurs from the crowd and members of his own team, as well as from opponents, were standard fare. One day, Robinson was having it particularly tough. He had booted two ground balls, and the boos were cascading over the diamond. In full view of thousands of spectators, Pee Wee Reese, the team captain and Dodger shortstop, walked over and put his arm around Jackie right in the middle of the game. 'That may have saved my career,' Robinson reflected later. 'Pee Wee made me feel that I belonged.' Be sure that the employees on your team feel that they belong." - Denis Waitley
'Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work'
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"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history." - Mahatma Gandhi

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"[Poem:]

'To Be Of Use'

The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
bouncing like half-submerged balls.

I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
who do what has to be done, again and again.

I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, who go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along,
who are not parlor generals and field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.

" - Marge Piercy
(1936 - ), American poet, novelist, and social activist.
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"[Poem:- about being of service and making a contribution however small]

'Your Mission'

If you cannot on the ocean,
Sail among the swiftest fleet,
Rocking on the highest billows,
Laughing at the storms you meet,

You can stand among the sailors,
Anchored yet within the bay;
You can lend a hand to help them,
As they launch their boats away

If you are too week to journey
Up the mountain, steep and high,
You can stand within the valley,
While the multitude go by.

You can chant in happy measure,
As they slowly pass along;
Though they may forget the singer,
They will not forget the song.

If you have not gold and silver
Ever ready to command,
If you cannot toward the needy
Reach an ever-open hand,

You can visit the afflicted,
O'er the erring you can weep;
You can be a true disciple,
Sitting at the Savior's feet.

If you cannot in a conflict
Prove yourself a soldier true,
If where the fire and smoke are thickest
There's no work for you to do,

When the battle field is silent,
You can go with careful tread;
You can bear away the wounded,
You can cover up the dead.

Do not stand then idly waiting
For some greater work to do;
Fortune is a lazy goddess,
She will never come to you.

Go and toil in any vineyard
Do not fear to do or dare;
If you want a field of labor,
You can find it anywhere.

" - Ellen M. Huntington Gates
(1835 - 1920), writer and poet. [refer http://reelyredd.com/web/index.php?option=com_flexicontent&view=items&id=129:ellen-mh-gates-whos-who-poet ]
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"[Poem: about the strange theory of reciprocity - 'What you give, you get' and the equally strange theory of expectation as perception - 'What you look for, you see!']

'The Right Kind of People'

Gone is the city, gone the day,
Yet still the story and the meaning stay:
Once where a prophet in the palm shade basked
A traveler chanced at noon to rest his mules.
‘What sort of people may they be,’ he asked,
‘In this proud city on the plains o’erspread?’
‘Well, friend, what sort of people whence you came?’
‘What sort?’ the packman scowled; ‘why, knaves and fools.’
‘You’ll find the people here the same,’ the wise man said.

Another stranger in the dusk drew near,
And pausing, cried, ‘What sort of people here
In your bright city where yon towers arise?’
‘Well, friend, what sort of people whence you came?’
‘What sort?’ the pilgrim smiled with lifted head;
‘Good, true, and wise.’
‘You’ll find the people here the same,’
The wise man said.

" - Edwin Markham
(1852-1940)
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"[Poem: about teamwork and everyone doing their fair share]

'Two Kinds of People'

There are two kinds of people on earth today,
Just two kinds of people, no more, I say,
Not the good and the bad, for ’tis well understood
The good are half bad and the bad are half good.

Not the happy and sad, for the swift flying years
Bring each man his laughter and each man his tears.
Not the rich and the poor, for to count a man’s wealth
You must first know the state of his conscience and health.

Not the humble and proud, for in life’s busy span
Who puts on vain airs is not counted a man.
No! The two kinds of people on earth I mean
Are the people who lift, and the people who lean.

Wherever you go you will find the world’s masses
Are ever divided in just these two classes.
And, strangely enough, you will find, too, I wean,
There is only one lifter for twenty who lean.

This one question I ask. Are you easing the load
Of overtaxed lifters who toil down the road?
Or are you a leaner who lets others bear
Your portion of worry and labor and care?

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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"[Poem: about individualism and living up to your full, unique potential, especially regarding your vocation or career, and the contribution you make within the team]

'Be the Best of Whatever You Are'

If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley — but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can't be a tree.

If you can't be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass —
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew,
There's something for all of us here,
There's big work to do, and there's lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.

If you can't be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can't be the sun be a star;
It isn't by size that you win or you fail —
Be the best of whatever you are!

" - Douglas Malloch
(1877 – 1938) American poet, short-story writer and Associate Editor of American Lumberman, a trade paper in Chicago. [rill=very, small stream]
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"[Poem: about the value of a sense of humor, trying not to take anything especially ourselves too seriously and trying to see the unexpected, surprising, silly and funny side of things and ourselves and letting yourself and others smile, joke and laugh easily and often!]

'Sense Of Humour'

What it is, can't just say,
Only know it saved the day,
Drove the gathering clouds away.
Just a twinkle in the eye,
Just a smile instead of sigh;
Lo! the storm soon passed right by
— all through a sense of humour.

What it is, don't just know,
But it made rich laughter flow,
Life took on a rosy glow:
Troubles shrank to half their size;
Sorrow wore a cheerful guise;
Work appeared to be the prize
— all through a sense of humour.

Things were going very wrong,
Flowers no colour, birds no song;
Weakness ousted courage strong
— stepped in a sense of humour:
Put the balance right again,
Saved two people lots of pain,
Brought the sunshine after Rain
— and that's a sense of humour.

" - Wilhelmina Stitch
(1888-1936) Wilhelmina Stich is the pseudonym of Ruth Jacobs Cohen Collie. She was a writer, lecturer and poet - called 'The Poem A Day Lady'. Born at Cambridgeshire, England in 1888, daughter of I. W. Jacobs, she married E. Arakie Cohen while he was visiting England and returned with him to Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. They had one son, Ralph. After her husband’s death in 1919, she was forced to seek employment to support herself and her son. Her friends encouraged her to submit her writing for publication, which led to a successful career as a writer which continued to the time of her death. Writing under the pen names 'Sheila Rand' or 'Wilhelmina Stitch', she had poetry and stories published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Telegram. In time, she became, in the words an obituary, 'one of the best-known women writers in the British Empire'. She later remarried to Scottish physician Frank K. Collie and moved with him to London, England where she died on 6 March 1936. [refer http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collie_rjc.shtml and http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/ref/collection/ceww/id/254 ]
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"[A true story - with a message about remembering that each individual of the team is important:] - 'Everyone Is Important!' - During Mark's first month of business college, the management professor gave his students a pop quiz. He was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until he read the last one: ‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?’ Surely this was some kind of joke. He had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would he know her name? He handed in his paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward the quiz grade. ‘Absolutely,’ said the professor. ‘In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They each deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say 'hello'‘. Mark never forgot that lesson. He also learned her name was Dorothy." - Unknown

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"[A story - with a message about how great things can be achieved when individuals come together as a team around a common goal:] - 'The Great Fire and the Little Water' - Among the Aztec people of Mexico, it is said that a long time ago there was a great fire in the forests that covered our Earth. People and animals started to run, trying to escape from the fire. Our brother owl, Tecolotl, was running away also when he noticed a small bird hurrying back and forth between the nearest river and the fire. He headed towards this small bird. He noticed that it was our brother the Quetzal bird, Quetzaltototl, running to the river, picking up small drops of water in his beak, then returning to the fire to throw that tiny bit of water on the flame. Owl approached Quetsal bird and yelled at him: ‘What are you doing brother? Are you stupid? You are not going to achieve anything by doing this. What are you trying to do? You must run for your life!’ Quetzal bird stopped for a moment and looked at owl, and then answered: ‘I am doing the best I can with what I have.’ It is remembered by our Grandparents that a long time ago the forests that covered our Earth were saved from a great fire by a small Quetzal bird, an owl, and many other animals and people who got together to put out the fire." - Margaret Wheatley
From her book, ‘Turning To One Another’.
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"[A true story – with a message about team-work and persisting despite extreme physical challenges and life-threatening dangers and fears to eventually achieve survival success:-]

- ‘Apollo 13’ -

It was the thirteenth scheduled lunar space exploration mission, scheduled for liftoff at the thirteenth minute after the thirteenth hour. The Lunar landing was scheduled for the thirteenth day of the month. All it lacked was a Friday to be a paraskevidekatriaphobe’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, no one at NASA was superstitious. Or, perhaps, fortunately. If anyone had stopped or made changes to the schedule of Apollo 13, the world may have missed one of the greatest adventures in space exploration history.

Problems Began Before Launch:
Apollo 13, the third planned Lunar-landing mission, was scheduled for launch on April 11, 1970. There were problems even before the launch. Just days before, Astronaut Thomas K. Mattingly was replaced by Jack Swigert when it was learned he may have been exposed to German measles, and did not have the antibodies necessary to be immune (Mattingly never contracted the disease.). Shortly before launch, a technician noticed a higher pressure on a helium tank than expected. Nothing was done about it besides keeping a close watch. A vent for liquid oxygen would not close at first and required several recyclings before it would shut. The launch, itself, went according to plan, if an hour late. Shortly afterward, though, the center engine of the second stage cut off more than two minutes early. In order to compensate, controllers burned the other four engines an additional 34. Also the third stage engine was fired for an extra 9 seconds during its orbital insertion burn. Fortunately, this all resulted in a mere 1.2 feet per second greater speed than planned.

Smooth Flight - No One Watching:
The first part of the flight went fairly smooth. As Apollo 13 entered the Lunar corridor, the Command Service Module separated from the third stage and maneuvered around to extract the Lunar Module. Once this was completed, the third stage was driven on a collision course with the moon. This was done as an experiment and the resultant impact was to be measured by equipment left behind by Apollo 12. The Command Service and Lunar Modules were then on ‘free return’ trajectory, which, in the case of complete engine loss, would slingshot them around the moon and on course back to Earth. The evening of April 13 (EST), the crew of Apollo 13 had just finished a television broadcast explaining their mission and about life aboard the ship. Commander Jim Lovell closed the broadcast with this message, ‘This is the crew of Apollo 13. Wish everybody there a nice evening and a, we're just about to close out our inspection of Aquarius and get back to a pleasant evening in Odyssey. Goodnight.’ Unknown to the astronauts, the television networks had decided that traveling to the moon was such a routine occurrence; none of this was broadcast over the air. No one was watching, though soon the entire world would be hanging on their every word.

Routine Task Goes Awry:
After completing the broadcast, flight control sent another message, ‘13, we got one more item for you when you get a chance. We'd like you to err, stir up your cryo tanks. In addition err, have a shaft and trunnion, for a look at the comet Bennett if you need it.’ Astronaut Jack Swigert replied, ‘OK, stand by.’ Moments later, the technicians in flight control heard a disturbing message from Apollo 13. Jack Swigert said, ‘OK Houston, we've had a problem here.’ It was three days into the mission of Apollo 13; the date was April 13th, when the mission changed from a routine flight into a race for survival. The technicians in Houston had also noticed unusual readings on their instruments and were starting to talk amongst themselves and to the crew of Apollo 13. Suddenly, Jim Lovell’s calm voice broke though the hubbub. ‘Ahh, Houston, we've had a problem. We've had a main B bus undervolt.’

This Is No Joke:
Immediately after attempting to follow Houston Flight Control’s last order to stir the cryo tanks, Astronaut Jack Swigert heard a loud bang and felt a shudder throughout the ship. Command module pilot, Fred Haise, who was still down in Aquarius after the television broadcast, and mission commander, Jim Lovell, who was in between, gathering cables up, both heard the sound, but at first thought it was a standard joke previously played by Fred Haise. It was no joke. Seeing the expression on Jack Swigert’s face, Jim Lovell knew immediately that there was a real problem and hurried into the CSM to join his Lunar module pilot. Things did not look good. Alarms were going off as voltage levels of the main power supplies were dropping rapidly. If power was completely lost, the ship had a battery backup, which would last for about ten hours. Apollo 13, unfortunately, was 87 hours from home. Looking out a port, the astronauts saw something, which gave them another concern. ‘You know, that's, that's a significant G&C. It looks to me looking out the ahh, hatch that we are venting something.’ A pause… ‘We are, we are venting something out the, into the ahh, into space.’

From Lost Landing to Struggle for Life:
A momentary hush fell over the Flight Control Center in Houston as the new information sank in. Then, a flurry of activity began, as the technicians all conferred, and other experts were called in. Everyone knew that time was critical. As several suggestions for correcting the dropping voltage were raised and tried unsuccessfully, it quickly became apparent that the electrical system could not be saved. Commander Jim Lovell’s concern was continuing to rise. ‘It went from 'I wonder what this is gonna to do to the landing.' to 'I wonder if we can get back home again.'‘ The technicians in Houston were having the same concerns. The call was made that the only chance they had of saving the crew of Apollo 13 was to shut down the CM entirely to save their batteries for reentry. This would require the use of Aquarius, the lunar module as a lifeboat. A module equipped for two men for two days would have to sustain three men for four. The men quickly powered down all the systems inside Odyssey and scrambled down the tunnel and into Aquarius. The crew of Apollo 13; Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert all hoped it would be their lifeboat and not their tomb. There were two components to the problem; first, getting the ship and crew on the fastest route home and second, conserving consumables, power, oxygen, and water. However, sometimes one component interfered with the other.

Conserving Resources; Preserving Life:
As an example, the guidance platform needed to be aligned. (The venting substance had played havoc with the ships attitude.) However, powering up the guidance platform was a heavy drain on their limited power supply. The conservation of consumables had already begun with the shutting down of the Apollo 13 CM. For most of the rest of the flight, it would only be used as a bedroom. Later, they powered down all of the systems in the LM except those required for life support, communications, and environmental control. Next, using precious power they could not afford to waste, the guidance platform was powered up and aligned. Mission control ordered an engine burn that added 38 feet per second to their velocity and return them to a free-return trajectory. Normally this would be a fairly simple procedure. Not this time, however. The descent engines on the LM were to be used instead of the CM’s SPS and the center of gravity had changed completely. At this point in time, had they done nothing, their trajectory would have returned them to Earth approximately 153 hours after launch. A quick calculation of consumables gave them less than an hour of consumables to spare. This margin was far too close for comfort. After a great deal of calculating and simulating at Mission Control here on Earth, it was determined that the Lunar Module’s engines could handle the required burn. So, the descent engines were fired sufficiently to boost their speed up another 860 fps, thus cutting their flight time to 143 hours.

Chilling Out Aboard Apollo 13:
One of the worst problems for the crew during that return flight was the cold. Without power in the CM, there were no heaters to maintain cabin temperatures. The temperature in the CM dropped to around 38 degrees F and the crew stopped using it for their sleep breaks. Instead, they jury-rigged beds in the warmer LM, though warmer is a relative term. The cold kept the crew from resting well and Mission Control became concerned that the resulting fatigue could keep them from functioning properly. Another concern was their oxygen supply. As the crew breathed normally, they would exhale carbon dioxide. Normally, oxygen-scrubbing apparatus would cleanse the air, but the system in Aquarius wasn’t designed for this load, there was an insufficient number of filters for the system. To make it worse, the filters for the system in Odyssey were of a different design and not interchangeable. The experts at NASA, employees and contractors, engineered a makeshift adapter from materials the astronauts had on hand to allow them to be used, thus lowering the CO2 levels to acceptable limits. Finally, Apollo 13 rounded the Moon and began its journey home to Earth. However, the crew’s troubles were not over. The crew of Apollo 13 had survived some type of explosion which resulted in lost power capabilities and loss of oxygen. With the help of experts on Earth, they had moved aboard the Lunar Module, corrected their trajectory, survived the cold and a buildup of CO2, and shortened the trip home. Now, they had a few more hurdles to overcome before they could see their families again.

A Simple Procedure Complicated:
Their new re-entry procedure required two more course corrections. One would align the spacecraft more towards the center of the re-entry corridor, while the other would fine tune the angle of entry. This angle had to be between 5.5 and 7.5 degrees. Too shallow and they would skip across the atmosphere and back into space, like a pebble skimmed across a lake. Too steep, and they would burn up on re-entry. They could not afford to power up the guidance platform again and burn up their precious remaining power. They would have to determine the attitude of the ship manually. For experienced pilots, this would normally not be an impossible job, it would just be a matter of taking star sights. The problem now, though, came from the cause of their troubles. Ever since the initial explosion, the craft had been surrounded by a cloud of debris, glittering in the sun, and preventing such a sighting. The ground opted to use a technique worked out during Apollo 8, in which the Earth’s terminator and the sun would be used. ‘Because it was a manual burn, we had a three-man operation. Jack would take care of the time,’ according to Lovell. ‘He'd tell us when to light off the engine and when to stop it. Fred handled the pitch maneuver and I handled the roll maneuver and pushed the buttons to start and stop the engine.’ The engine burn was successful, correcting their re-entry angle to 6.49 degrees.

A Real Mess:
Four and a half hours prior to re-entry, the Apollo 13 crew jettisoned the damaged Service Module . As it slowly receded from their view, they were able to make out some of the damage. They relayed to Houston what they saw. ‘And there's one whole side of that spacecraft missin'. A whole panel has blown out. Almost from the base to the engine. Its really a mess.’ Later investigaion said the cause of the explosion was exposed electrical wiring. When Jack Swigert flipped the switch to stir the cryo tanks, the power fans were turned on within the tank. The exposed fan wires shorted and the teflon insulation caught fire. This fire spread along the wires to the electrical conduit in the side of the tank, which weakened and ruptured under the nominal 1000 psi pressure within the tank, causing the no. 2 oxygen tank to explode. This damaged the no. 1 tank and parts of the interior of the service module and blew off the bay no. 4 cover. Two and a half hours before re-entry, using a set of special power-up procedures relayed to them by Mission Control in Houston, the Apollo 13 crew brought the CM back to life. As the systems came back on, everyone aboard, in Mission Control, and around the world breathed a sigh of relief.

Spashdown:
An hour later, their Lunar Module lifeboat was also jettisoned. Mission Control radioed, ‘Farewell, Aquarius, and we thank you.’ Jim Lovell later said of her, ‘She was a good ship.’ The Apollo 13 Command Module, carrying its crew of Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert splashed down in the South Pacific on April 17 at 1:07PM (EST), 142 hours and 54 minutes after launch. It came down within sight of the recovery ship, the USS Iwo Jima, who had the crew aboard within 45 minutes. The crew of Apollo 13 had returned to Earth safely, completing one of the most exciting adventures in the history of space exploration.

" - Nick Greene
Space and astronomy expert. [Refer http://space.about.com/od/spaceexplorationhistory/a/apollo13.htm ]
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