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Teamwork in Malibu

I had the pleasure of participating in the Annual Malibu Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Awards and Board Installation, where teamwork was the underlying theme.

The legend basketball player Michael Jordon coined the phrase “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

Today I had the pleasure of participating in the Annual Malibu Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Awards and Board Installation, where teamwork was the underlying theme.

The event took place at the Malibu Golf Club, situated in the majestic foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The room was filled with Malibu business owners and community representatives unified by the common goal: “To work closely together to serve the needs of local residents and to create an environment conducive to improving the quality of life in Malibu.”

A special round of applause went to Jessica Davis of the Malibu Patch, who received the well-deserved Malibu Ambassador Award for her outstanding work in the community. The new chairwoman Beth Pearcey-Neal, from the Malibu Golf Club, delivered an enthusiastic and inspirational vision of unity for the coming year.

When community joins hands to work together this energy produces exponential results. I am reminded of the image of pelicans flying along the coast in “V” formation. They fly in this clever formation, because as each bird flaps its wings the wingtip vortices generate an upwash for the bird immediately following. Thus by flying in “V” formation the whole flock achieves a significantly greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

Similarly, such is the case when we work together as a community. When people share a common direction and sense of unity they can achieve great things and realize their goals quickly and easily, because they are traveling on the thrust of each other’s efforts.

It was really terrific to see and feel this sense of community, which was so obviously the nature of this business gathering. Much can be learned from those who share a common goal and work together to bring about positive change.  I commend all those who donate their time and effort for the sake of our community, your work impacts us all, and we are grateful for your service, thank you.

Shabbat Shalom!

M Stanley February 01, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Congratulations Jessica! You are very deserving of the award and public recognition, Malibu Ambassador is a very good fit for you.
Beth Pearcey Neal February 04, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Agreed! Jessica is a star, we are lucky to have her. And thank you Rabbi for the kind and encouraging words. I look forward to creating programs with you for 2013.

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