The Coates Perspective for February 25, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
To The Victor Go The Spoils
One of the greatest sports victories in my lifetime was when the USA hockey team upset the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Known by many as the “Miracle on Ice,” a team of collegiate players beat a more-skilled, seasoned, professional team consisting of members from the Red Army. The odds were stacked against the Americans. A crushing defeat for the young Americans would be only a matter of time. And yet, history had not been written.
Before the game began, Coach Herb Brooks challenged his players with these inspirational words: “You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” These leaders had an opportunity to make the kind of history that would have their decedents still basking in the thrill of this defining victory. Besides the fact that it was a great hockey game, there are several leadership lessons that come to mind.
Leaders who refuse to lose understand the dynamic of teambuilding, of making certain that all of the right pieces for success are in place. On that day, the “better” team lost to the more “motivated” team. Better has nothing to do with how good a leader is. The question is, is he or she motivated? On that day, the “better” team lost to the team with a perfect chemistry. Everyone on the winning team knew their role and flourished in it. Being better has nothing to do with how many talented leaders are on the team. The question is, can they all work together?
Here is the take-a-way for the leader who desires to be on a winning team. How is it done? What does a leader have to do in order to win at work and at home? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Losing is not an option. You’ve got to fight for the win of success. Don’t allow discouragement to win. Don’t give up. Stay in the game!
2. Motivation is your business. Some people might be motivators in your life, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to motivate yourself. Discover what works for you and do it!
3. Your talent as a leader will take you so far. It is your character that keeps you there.
You’ve read my perspective. Now, I’d love to hear yours. What are you thinking? How does your organization build a winning team?
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