Practice 53. I picked a fight. Taught a team how to fight to improve performance, not to prove a point. This team is another one of my favorites and they don’t know why or how to kick each other’s ASS. So, they play nice and do not perform near their peak. I could write this rant every, single day. I don’t like calling bullshit, it’s just got to be done. So, today, when I asked a few fellow believers where they wanted to go and the answer came away wanting, I took them outside. I picked a fight.
Next month this same team will practice in person for the first time since this COVID-19 craziness. We’ll hear two of the leaders share their OPUS and we’ll break bread, not bones. One day, I’ll have no fight left in me. One day, I’ll be too tired to take others outside. One day, I’ll care less about doing what’s right and just go along without a fight. One day. Not today.
Lead anything, friend, and you’re going to have to fight to unite. Fact. Systems do not get better without being well led. Systems do not naturally transfer the tension to it’s rightful owner. Systems do not self optimize. Systems do not self select out the weak and unwilling. Leaders do. The best leaders do this after fighting for right. Is your locker room a place where we fight face to face, or do we play nice and then stab ‘em in the back? Do you pillow fight or throw haymakers? Are you a truth seeker or too afraid to pick the fight you know needs to be fought? Every leader gets exactly the team they fight for. Want a better team? Become a better fighter. Fight to improve performance, not prove a point. Slow down and reflect.
Live hard. Love harder…