(Our guest blogger is Agosto CEO, Aric Bandy)

Henry Ford once said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

This last Saturday, Team Agosto (our change management expert Marissa and I) completed Tough Mudder, WI, a 11.8 mile obstacle course. We represented Agosto well! The event is intentionally designed as a team event with obstacles that are difficult, if not impossible, to complete alone. The role of teamwork is best captured in the Tough Mudder pledge: “This is not a race but a challenge. I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time. I help my fellow participants complete the course.”

Teamwork is the only way to get over the 12′ walls, through the mud tunnels, and encouraging one another to overcome the 10,000 volt obstacles, hyperthermia-inducing ice pools, and mile upon mile of running through mud.

Personally, this is a great analogy for what makes Agosto successful. Over the last few years we’ve faced lots of challenges. Throughout all, our desire and actions to help each other overcome the challenges and obstacles, even when it’s not part of our job description, have made us stronger together.

It’s a managed services engineer taking a call from a client over the weekend even when they’re not on-call. It’s change management doing account management. It’s a Google Apps deployment expert becoming a Google Enterprise Search expert. It’s finance creating sales orders. We’re adding more people, improving systems and processes, but I hope we never lose the core belief that we’re better because we move forward together!

Check out our complete Tough Mudder, WI photo album.