The first soccer team I ever played for was called the Rockettes. We met in Denver’s Washington Park, and during games, I mostly played with the strings on my shorts, oblivious to the game around me. I played on the Lion Kings, the Table Mountain Ice, and the Dragonflies, and later, on the Angels and the Bears.
Since graduating from college, I still play soccer here and there, in summer tournaments and recreational indoor leagues, but I’ve never been a part of a team again – not like before, not really.
This past year working at Landed, I’ve found myself telling friends and family (in spite of how corny it sounds) that for the first time since college soccer, I truly feel like a part of a team again.
With the Women’s World Cup in full swing, I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of teams. Each player’s skill and conditioning is important, obviously, but so often the result comes down to which team works better together. The team that gels, that syncs, that truly has synergy (forgive the corporate buzzword) and shared-purpose and understanding – that’s the stronger team. With 22 women on the field at any given time and only one with the ball, what a player does off the ball is just as important. We make space for our teammates, shift for them, and cover them. We communicate with them and console them and congratulate them. We train together, win together, lose together, rebuild together.
Working at Landed, I feel like I’m a part of a strong team. We have a shared goal, a mission that all our independent work propels. I work hard because I believe in our cause, but more so because I believe in my teammates, because I know they work just as hard for me. Landed is a team that works toward a shared purpose, not only for ourselves and for one another, but also for those we serve.
Landed’s purpose is to uphold those who uphold us. If you’ve bought a home with Landed, I hope you felt you had a Landed team behind you – an account manager, an agent, a lender. But really, every Landed homebuyer has a much bigger team behind them than is immediately visible. We have data scientists, lawyers, financial analysts, founders, office managers, and so many more working behind the scenes for you, doing the unseen work.
There are lots of folks who have encapsulated the power of teams in well-worn quotes. Aristotle is credited with the concept that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Helen Keller told us that “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Even Mother Teresa said nice things about teamwork.
And I agree with them, Aristotle and Helen Keller and Mother Teresa. The quotes may seem trite and cliche, but that doesn’t make them untrue. Teamwork is what happens on the field, in a great collaboration – a great pass combination – but it happens off the field too. In my mind, the most powerful thing someone can do for their team is something that the rest of the team isn’t there to witness. It’s the hard work we put in behind the scenes that makes a difference in the end.
There’s something very special about being a part of a team. I can’t put my finger on it, but I’m proud to be a part of this one.
Go Team Landed. Go Team USA. 🇺🇸