Friday, September 12, 2008

A Passion For the Game

So last night, the boys fought a hard game against a very tough team and had a chance to win it, but failed to capitalize. The final score was 12-7 and it really was a great game. Jim did not get to play as the coach kept all of his first stringers in the whole game (not something I agree with).

When Jimmy came out of the locker room, he was very upset. He was in tears over the loss and said it was hard to lose when they were so close and played so hard.

It was then that I realized he was learning to become a teammate and developing a passion for the game and his team. To see that blossom in a young man is a very cool thing.

As a leader, if we could inspire this kind of passion and commitment in our teams, we'd be unstoppable. What is it about the game of football that stirs the passions? Could we bring a similar passion to our work? Some work teams, rare though they are, function at this level. They are usually teams where:
  1. Each team member knows his responsibility and accepts the importance of that responsibility.
  2. Each team member cares about the other team members and wants to see them succeed as well.
  3. Each team member shares equally in the rewards of winning.
  4. Each team member realizes the synergy: "WE" are stronger than "me"

Want a lesson in what teamwork is?

Sometimes you need look no further than your son.

1 comment:

Terri said...

Isn't he a great kid? I am so proud of all the hard work he's put into playing football!