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Working Together

Grace Heritage Ranch

One of the nice things about having a large family is that everyone has different interests and talents. With so many of us here at Grace Heritage Ranch, it’s easy to compartmentalize and assign people to what they enjoy and are skilled at doing. Things tend to run smoothly, until one member of the team becomes incapacitated. When little Johnny falls ill and can’t take care of the animals like he usually does, you’re left trying to fill in for him. The problem comes when you really don’t know what Johnny does because, “Johnny always takes care of that.” See, Johnny never trained someone to take his place.

You may have experienced something similar in your family when Mom gets sick. Nobody knows what to do, the laundry either piles up or comes out of the wash a different color and size than it went in, and the family must either eat out or else they may border on starvation.

planting-treeIt is very important to not over-compartmentalize people’s jobs. Yes, it’s good to develop skills in a certain capacity and put people in charge of areas where they excel, but it is also important that those people train others to take their place should something happen to them. At the very least, have a list of tasks made out ahead of time so that someone can more easily fill in if you are unable to. Communication and teamwork are essential.

This brings us to one other point. In compartmentalizing responsibilities, it may be easy to fall into the trap of saying, “That’s not my job!” Keeping tally of who does what will never balance out fairly. Think of it like a body, with all the parts working together. Each one must help the other because if one part suffers, all other parts suffer with it, and when one part rejoices, so do all the others.

To learn even more and get hands-on experience, join us at Grace Heritage Ranch for our Saturday morning tours. We are located just 30 minutes northeast of Harlingen, TX near Santa Monica. Please visit us at or . For a recorded message, please call 1-855-447-8687. We offer both public and private tours.

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