February 7, 2011

Its All About the Team!

Day 38: 20.0 miles/1:10

 “It’s all about the team, the team, the team.” ~ Bo Schembechler

I will probably get kicked out of the Pittsburgh Steelers fan club but I was honestly very happy at the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl victory. This is a team that overcame more injuries than any other team all season and, despite the loss of three key players in the Super Bowl, found a way to win again.  Additionally, nothing was more telling about the mindset of this championship team than quarterback Aaron Rogers comments about how much he appreciated the team and the organization and the privilege it was to have their confidence in him.  There is no “I” in team and Green Bay demonstrated that to all of us.

Believe it or not, our daily activities at home, at work, and even the ones that seem to be done all alone, require and depend upon a team.  There is nothing that we can completely be successful at without the support and involvement of our team.  Having the gratitude and the humility to recognize this will facilitate great accomplishments in our lives.

I firmly believe that one of the great shortcomings in the success of people and of organizations is the inability to build, inspire, and leverage the power of a committed team to accomplish great objectives.

I have struggled with this in my son’s world.  He hasn’t yet embraced the resources available to him through his recovery team — alcoholic anonymous (AA).  The AA program is all about building and accessing a strong support group (i.e., team).  Those that discover the power of this resource usually accomplish their objectives every single day.  Those that don’t embrace the strength and opportunities found through their resources struggle.  The reason the system works – the support and guidance of a very strong team.

Whatever you are working on as an individual, as a business owner, as a parent, or as manager examine how well have you built a committed and supportive team around you.  If you don’t feel or see the strength of your team, you have an obstacle to overcome.  As you create your goals for your life or business remember that you will need a strong team to help you get there.

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.