Over the past month my sisters and I have been caring for my dying father. Our Dad, Peter Ostertag, died on October 26, 2010. The reason I am including this tribute to my father on my business blog is what I experienced as we pooled our resources to give our father the absolute best care we could. His wish was to die at home and we were all committed to do whatever it would take to honour this wish.
I have always known that teams that pull together for the same common goal can achieve extraordinary results, but I actually got to be part of a dynamic team of women and experience teamwork in a new way.
We all came to our Dad’s bedside with different strengths and we simply executed our duties with only one thought in mind “The Best Care For Dad.” There were emotional moments and feelings of frustration and stress, yet we all seem to work together like a well oiled machine. Each of us did tasks we have never done before and with no training, this didn’t seem to matter. We were all honoured to support our father during his last days.
I now see the need for teams to have a shared vision more than ever before.
Rest in peace Dad.