Winning as a Team

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In the game of football and life itself, there’s always a tendency and desire to blame a defeat on a specific individual or event.

We human beings love accountability especially when we lose.

Plus, we sure don’t want to be the fall guy.

Which is when the flour hits the fan, everyone starts running for the hills leaving the patsy holding the bag.

Take the Chicago Bears loss to the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday.

I am sure that many Chicago fans are blaming the field-goal kicker, Cody Parkey, for missing that field goal at the end of the game.

But it wasn’t Cody Parkey‘s fault as football really is a team sport whether you win or lose.

It is the team’s responsibility to overcome all forces external and internal that are threatening the success of the team.

External forces would include the other team, the referees, the weather, bad luck.

Internal forces would include your own lack of will, stupid mistakes, illness, injuries and poor play.

Great teams understand this.

Great teams do not cry and point fingers at other people.

Great teams do not blame the refs for gypping them out of a victory.

Great teams do not hang people out to dry.

Great teams do not scapegoat.

Great teams do not lament how unlucky they are.

Great teams do not whine about the weather.

Great teams do not blame their losses on injuries.

All successful teams learn to rise above their problems, but they do it not just because they do it, but because they choose to do it.

Is the choice to do so that comes first. And this choice exists in every successful team effort.

And it matters not whether we are talking about football, a small company, a large corporation or the nation itself.

Teams win as a team, and teams lose as a team, unless, of course, they are not a team.

Then they really lose.

And badly.

Then they begin to play as a collection of individuals accidentally  finding themselves together on a playing field.

The poor teammate  thinks about himself as an individual and what is in it for him.

The superior teammate thinks less about himself and more about overcoming the obstacles placed before the team.

John Kennedy said this in so many words: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

 

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Lousy Leader

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When it comes to Donald Trump, anything you’ve ever read in a business book about leadership can be taken to the top of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge and thrown off into the drink.

I don’t think his leadership is a different style of doing business.

Well, it is, but you know what I mean.

This man is bad.

I can’t possibly see how the results of his “leadership” can turn out well for any of us.

He badmouths anyone who has legitimate criticism of him.

He badmouths people who sacrificed for him.

He makes fun of people’s personal appearances.

He doesn’t just disagree with people; he calls them names.

The other day he called General Stanley McChrystal a dumb dog in so many words.

Trump stated: “General” McChrystal got fired like a dog by Obama. Last assignment a total bust. Known for big, dumb mouth. Hillary lover!

Whatever you may feel about General McChrystal, he served his country honorably and is therefore entitled to better treatment than being portrayed as a dumb dog.

And he was a General. No demeaning and unwarranted quotation marks are necessary.

In my experience in healthcare, people who disparage others openly generally fail.

So why does Trump think he can get away with this behavior?

He thinks this way because he has gotten away with it in his construction business.

Over the years he’s bullied people into submission.

He got away with it because he was richer than they were.

This is probably the first time in his life where he has to work with other people.

Well, as Carlito Brigante told Dave Kleinfeld in Carlito’s Way: “It’s too late to go to school.”

So we are stuck with Trump, and I don’t see him going away anytime soon.

The money that put him there evidently there still wants him there. So do his applauding followers.

And why not?

Part of Trump’s appeal is the conditioning that many Americans receive as to what makes a good leader.

Americans have been taught through myth and television for many decades that what makes a good leader is a person who kicks ass and takes names.

Yet a good leader rarely does any of these things.

A good leader is someone who puts himself in the background. A good leader thinks twice and speaks once. A good leader knows that he must take a lot of guff in order to achieve the greater good. A good leader never brags. A good leader highlights the accomplishments of the people beneath him. A good leader minimizes his own accomplishments. A good leader does not engage in petty behavior. A good leader accepts responsibility when he is wrong. A good leader gets down in the muddy trenches with his men if need be. A good leader does not throw his men under the bus.

Trump exhibits none of these leadership skills. He never needed to learn them.

Consequently, he can only fail to deliver.

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A Good Leader

A good leader is a good listener.

A good leader is never afraid to hear a contrary opinion.

Unfortunately in the world we live in today, we have many bad leaders and people in charge.

Our leaders are afraid of contrary opinions.

They are afraid that what they want to implement will be negated by the contrary viewpoint.

This is the sign of a weak individual.

This is the sign of a weak leader.

This was in evidence today as CNN tossed Mark Lamont Hill off the air because he voiced support for Palestine.

The people in charge at CNN, who work in league with our leaders who are Zionists, could not  handle a contrary opinion, so they threw him off the air.

It’s akin to an ostrich burying its head in the sand.

The contrary opinions will not go away because you do not air them. The contrary opinions will still exist.  They will merely go underground. Indeed they will go underground and work to subvert your plan.

A good leader takes account of a contrary opinion and says to himself, “Hey, maybe I am wrong. Maybe I got this wrong. Maybe I should consider changing or modifying my viewpoint.”

Sadly, this will not be forthcoming from our leaders. And there is a good reason why.

A Palestinian state gets in the way of their money making machine, or so they think.

But maybe it doesn’t. Maybe having a viable Palestinian state will ensure peace in the region which will be better for the powers that be in the long run.

Unfortunately for us, our leaders ignore our opinions.  They consider themselves far above us intellectually.

That makes them bad leaders.

And you know what happens to bad leaders?

In time, they get strung up like Mussolini.

No matter what the government is, if the leaders of the government do not address the needs of the people, in time that leader ship will be deposed.

 

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