Recently I heard part of a presentation from a Sage who talked about his experience in an Indian tea shop. He discussed how knowledgeable the tea shop owner was. He knew what the Prime Minister of India was doing wrong and the measures it would take to do his job correctly. He also talked about how the top cricketeer in India had a bad technique. He seemed to know how everyone should do their job except his own; he made a lousy cup of tea!
The New England Patriot’s coach Bill Belichick has a well-known mantra with his team: “Do your job”. Anyone that does not do their job pays the price. Belichick is not afraid to bench or trade players at their peak as a consequence for not doing their jobs. As a result, everyone on Coach Belichick’s team knows how to do their job and even we Eagles fans can admit that they do it well.
In addition to knowing their job, they are willing to go the extra mile to help the team succeed. His receivers block down field when needed, which is something most receivers hate doing. The ability to put ones ego away , do your job and help where it’s needed is a big part of everyone succeeding or failing together.
What is your job? What strengths can you bring to the table to achieve success both individually and as part of the team? This weekend take the time to reflect. Find where you can go that extra mile to help produce that extraordinary outcome.
“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Have a great weekend