“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training.” Achilochus 650 B.C. “Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you fall to the level of your training.” Navy SEALs.
It’s easy to have an edge for awhile or when you have something to prove. Keeping an edge, especially when your team is leading or winning is another thing. You’ve got to train harder once you reach the pinnacle of your work. You can’t simply let them turn it on when they think they have to. Your job, if you’re a leader, is to make your team train with an edge, relentlessly focused on execution, and commited to excellence. Your job is to make them think they’re behind even when they’re way ahead. Hard to do, regardless the sport or market.
What are you doing to increase the level of your training, leader? Start by kicking your own. Nothing keeps the team on edge more than the edge of their leader. Study Alexander the Great, you’ll see. Today, I’ve got a few teams to make do what they can. I’ve got to make them do what they can regardless their record. You too, huh, leader.