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Hey you two...what's your secret to a smooth working team?
George W-Texas
 working together early 2010

Thanks for the question George. It's really hard to pin down just one thing that makes two people work well together. We try to figure out which task is best suited for our skill set. For example. Anna is really good with math, so she is in charge of measuring for this project. I've got a little more upper body strength so I usually do most of the heavy lifting.

Last but not least you should both agree on a time to stop working. A sure way to create extra friction is to have one person thinking it's 10 minutes till the end of the day and the other wanting to push through till sunset. Anna and I usually wind down around 4pm and shift into an evening chore routine.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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One of the best things that makes working together work, is to learn to listen to the other person, make a suggestion, then decide on the best solution for the present situation. I have watched you two work, listen, discuss, and make a decision. It is wonderful to watch you work together because neither has to have his/her way. Of course, there is a great deal of love mixed in!!!
Comment by Sheila Fri Feb 19 00:01:46 2010
I blame all of that good teamwork on Mark --- I certainly never was a good team member until he came along. I guess there is a point to playing team sports as a child! :-)
Comment by anna Fri Feb 19 08:11:42 2010
Shelia-Thanks for saying that. I appreciate the observation.
Comment by mark Fri Feb 19 09:00:22 2010

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