Max effort! As a coach, a manager, a parent, or a partner, one of the best compliments you can get of your leadership is having your people give you maximum effort. Some inspire us by their effort while others choose to lead with praise and others push your buttons. Some of us are lucky to always be able to go max effort on everything (that is not me 😉 ).
We opened our football season officially this weekend. Mother nature was not really cooperating as she sent an absolute monsoon midday that for a period of an hour canceled our game do to the rain and lightning. But the skies eventually parted and we got back on the schedule. Because of the rain and lightning our 7:20 game didn’t start until almost 9 and the field was an absolute mud pit.
The team we played was bigger, stronger, and faster than our boys. The previous year on opening day this same squad manhandled our boys. What happened in the next hour was simply amazing to watch.
We started great and were up 12-0 very early and absolutely dominating on defense. The other team was able to find a chink in our armor and climbed back into the game to make it 12-7 at halftime. We proceeded to slug it out with the in the second half and eventually won by that same 12-7 score. The remarkable thing about watching this game was the effort those kids gave. They kept fighting and fighting and fighting. And every time we needed a play it was someone different selling out and putting their 60 lb bodies on the line. It was just amazing to see.
It got me to thinking if the team I work with has that same kind of heart. Is everyone selling out every day to make something happen? Now of course work is a lot different from playing a kids game. And it is for 40 hours a week and not 3 hours on a Saturday. But I know that I could get a little closer to my kids effort than the effort that I give on a random Tuesday.
So now we are 1-0. Now I am thinking about if I can be win tomorrow at work. Just as a test what if I give the same effort that our QB gave last night and a test to see what it would be like if my team at work was as excited about a sale or a service call as the kids were last night for getting a first down. It is a little naive to look at work the same way I look at a pee wee football game…or is it?