8: Holding Together

Holding together produces success. High-level teamwork is achieved when the right players, on the right team, share a clear goal at the right time. A team forms its relationships in a delicate manner; chemistry is brewed in the vat of shared experience. A strong sense of unity and wholehearted commitment is required for team success.

All successful teams have a shared vision and a good leader. If its leader can rise to the challenge, the team will prosper. In political and business affairs, just as in basketball, it is hard to win without a strong center.

Accept the structure of the team if you wish to receive its benefits; otherwise, go off on your own. In holding together with others, cling to your own principles, but be willing to subordinate personal desires when they compromise the good of the group. If you would like to become a leader, remember that to become the center of influence requires binding people together, which is a serious challenge and responsibility. Assess yourself carefully to see if you qualify for such a role. If not, it would be better to pass on the opportunity than for you to lead now, without proper preparation. In due time and with the right experience, you could still become a quality leader in the future.

Changing Line Interpretations

Line 1 (bottom line)

Sincerity is the foundation of all successful relationships. In a thirsty world, it is not the form of the water’s container that matters; it’s the contents!

Line 2

When circumstances demand that you rise to a call for action by playing a significant role for the good of the team and the respect of its leadership, the best way is to respond out of a desire to contribute to the greater good. This approach has dignity and leads to good fortune. On the other hand, you could visibly support those in a more powerful position to ingratiate yourself and maneuver into a stronger competitive position. In this way, however, you would be throwing yourself away, trading dignity for a quicker (and likely a more temporary) rise to power.

Line 3

People find themselves living inside various circles of friends and professional relations, and it is critical to strike the right balance with each. Be open to your intimates, sociable with casual friends, and cautious with all others. Developing strong relationships with weak or dishonest characters will diminish your position.

Line 4

This is a time for loyalty. Show your support of those in leadership positions as long as you can provide it without compromising your own integrity.

Line 5

A beneficial union is in the offing. There will be good fortune if you are careful not to force things. Let people come and go, and when the right one arrives, you will know. It may be time to align yourself with someone near the center of things.

Line 6 (top line)

Difficulties arise when matters are not begun properly. Even with a good beginning, problems are inevitable; without a sound beginning, however, the problems that arise may become insurmountable fairly quickly. Being careful from the beginning to establish a good foundation is to avoid wasting time and energy on correction later on.