COLUMN: Lyle Karasiuk — March 27, 2014

Lyle Karasiuk
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What makes a successful team?

Is it a great leader? The captain whose inspirational words, lead by example attitude or simple quiet actions speak volumes for the organization. Is it the people on the team? They know their roles; they focus on getting the job done and willing to work together to make things work. Is it the tools the team has? The equipment that helps them get the job done.

When you put the puzzle together the team is successful because of the sum of its parts. It isn’t just one person that makes it great but all the people together make it great. Whether in sport, home, community or business we all can, do and need to build successful teams.

But teams are not successful because they know exactly the right things to do all the time. Teams are successful because they are willing to move the bar forward take a chance, maybe fail, pick up evaluate and try again. Teams listen to each other!

There is a bond to be held in the trust, camaraderie for the team, loyalty to each other but knowing someone is there to help along the way. There is a need for the leaders of the team to build the best team by picking people, matching to skills and talents and nurturing success. Success is not always an easy achievement. There will be low points along with high points. There will be failure along with elation for the job well done.

But when the team achieves its goal everyone wins. Today a team’s leadership needs listen, consider, adapt, develop and motivate the team to a win. Just as the coach behind a hockey team, the CEO and their leadership team, make things happen. So why the philosophical look at a team? Because I work with some of the best team players each and every day.

The men and women of Parkland Ambulance Care are an incredible team whose goal is simple, unwavering exceptional patient care.

In the last several years, the employees and management have built more than just a cohesive workplace but they’ve built a family where views are shared, input is respected and honored, regular feedback builds a new capacity for change.

These successes have brought a fantastic feel to the workplace something that I am very proud to be part of. As a team, the paramedics and telecommunications staff brings advanced medical care to the emergency scene and support to you or your family during interfacility transfers to another health care facility. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the team is available. If you’d like to be part of our team, our communications center is looking to add more telecommunication specialists. There will be an emergency telecommunications course in Prince Albert April 4-6, 2014. This course will be key to future employment in Parkland Ambulance’s Regional Communication Center.

To learn more about the course visit our website at and select the EMD link. You can also contact Brian at 306-953-8354 or Brenda at 306-953-8359 for more information on your potential employment in our regional communications center.


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Organizations: Prince Albert, Regional Communication Center

Geographic location: Parkland

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