Understanding that getting the right people in the room to start a project or season is key. We know that.
Taking the time to understand that you, as a leader, have much control over who’s there is not as common.
It’s not chance. You get to pick, even when it feels as if you don’t, usually you do.
Teams are made, not born. Go.
How many things are on your list, agenda or practice plan that are simply carryovers from yesterday, last week or your first year in this job?
What are the things that you do without question?
Why would you do anything without the simple question: “is this going to make me/us/the situation better?”
The absence of testing, or even just thinking about the purpose of some drills, exercises, ideas or plans, is prevalent. We tend to go with what we think we should do rather than those things that we know add value.
Too often it’s that fear of being different that keeps us from being, well, different.
Things are not getting done well, games are being lost or played poorly, your business or team culture is not moving you forward…but at least you have your health.
This phrase is also commonly expressed as, “it’s not like it’s life or death…”.
These are excuses of the highest order. What do those statements actually mean in this context? What does death have to do with it? Mostly it’s a way of finding something–anything–positive in a crappy situation.
The reality is that saying these things does not make you feel better, but you can pretend it does. It’s a way of taking something totally irrelevant and giving it importance so that the failures are minimized.
It’s a coverup.
Of course your life and your health–and that of those around you–is important. The sentiment is real, but not in the context of a coaching or team failure. It’s the failure itself that you should be examining and celebrating as a catalyst.
Do the challenging work of planning, working the plan and then assessing the result, and get to work on making a better plan, or improving the execution. The PEAR process is a crucial, underutilized tool for improvement. Stay away from the coverup.