Virtuous teammate…

In BTL practice we talk all the time about becoming one, distinct and deeply connected. We believe this is the heart of both individual and collective performance, regardless the endeavor. Recently we’ve been watching Sully and his performance back in 2009 where he grabbed the stick from his teammate in their moment of truth seconds after the massive bird strike that crippled their aircraft. It was not a miracle on the Hudson, that day – it was mastery on the Hudson.

If you want to improve your performance in work/life, you can begin by recognizing that some moments are more important than others, some moments are hinge moments or moments of truth. As you begin to recognize these moments in work/life, you can begin to plan for them. The more prepared you are, the better you perform. In our work with the OSU grapplers, we are having them write to each teammate regarding their moment of truth and how they are going to evaluate, track, and improve the performance. All that I’ve read to date are inspiring. However, the one I’m sharing with you below is FM, baby. Check it out and extrapolate to you and your team. Good.

“My moment of truth:
As a senior on the team, my moment of truth actually came this year. I had spent the previous three years on the team doing what I thought would make me better with the hope that I could haphazardly find a way to improve my teammates. While I was on the phone with my father earlier this semester, it dawned on me the responsibility I have on the team is more than for my own benefit. I realized this all upon analysis of the composition of my lifting group: I am the lone senior among three young freshmen. I am not wrestling for my own personal aggrandizement; I am wrestling for my teammates. I have no delusion that I will be the next Buckeye on the top of the podium. That is not my role. My role is to better prepare my teammates to go out and be the ones at the top of the podium. My role started to become clear as I began teaching Aaron and the others around me in my weight how to beat me in scrambles. This role became even clearer again when I had the chance to wrestle live with Luke. My style of wrestling is unorthodox and funky. After finishing our live go, I took the time to show Luke how to beat me when he was in on a single while I am trying to sit through. Any of my three previous years, I would have just walked away after the go hoping that Luke would not catch on to how to beat me. In hindsight, that was a very selfish, immature attitude to hold. And, it was certainly not in the best interest of the team. Luke, Aaron, and others around me in weight are going to wrestle opponents with good hips that rely on funk as I do. I should be doing everything I can to best prepare them for those battles instead of holding my knowledge of wrestling close and not sharing it.

My assessment:
I am still learning. Previously, I had kept everything to myself. Now, I am trying hard to teach my teammates to beat me. It is taking some adjusting and some getting used to. I feel as if I am moving in the right direction and that I will continue along that path as I come in early with teammates throughout the season (and even after the season for that matter).

My improvement:
As I continue to take on the role I should have taken on years ago, I am spending more time after each go trying to give a quick lesson in even if it is something as simple as ‘get your hips away’ or ‘keep your hips underneath you.’ On top of that, I hope to continue to come in early more often in order to spar with and coach my teammates around my weight.

My measurement:
As odd as it seems, I will see the results of my work best when I am getting beaten on by my teammates. If I have done my job well and prepared my teammates to wrestle against someone like me, they should be well prepared to beat me. I will have to suck up my pride and look at the situation with maturity.”

Want a better team? Become a better leader, friend. And, don’t forget, leader, that the best leaders are not trying to achieve a specific position/title/recognition – the best are simply trying to make a difference. It ain’t about your role. It’s about the goal. The teammate you just read about understands his role and is clearly doing what is right for OSU Wrestling and the teams goal. He is a virtuous teammate. Are you? Are you a virtuous leader? Are you doing whatever is required to help your team achieve its goals? Are you becoming ONE, distinct and deeply connected even when it requires you to swallow your pride? Good.


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