It’s now 24 hours since the West Coast Eagles played a cliff hanger game to beat Carlton by 3 points and scrape into the Preliminary Finals against Geelong next week..
For anyone who saw the game live or on TV, it really was one of the great games of the year if not the decade.
The Eagles were 4 goals down in the first quarter.
They clawed their way back to lead most of the game.
They led by 21 points at the 22nd minute of the last quarter.
Then Carlton came back at them.
In the end, if Carlton had kicked just one more straight kick they would have won.
Both teams had injuries.
Both teams ran themselves ragged.
The crowd were going ballistic.
The last quarter went for a marathon 36 minutes..
Then.. the final siren.. The Eagles by 3 points..
SO WHAT’S THIS GOT TO DO WITH YOU?
I was just looking through The West Australian Newspapers ‘Faces in the Crowd’ competition on their website.
Looking at all the people in their Eagles uniforms, scarves, hats, beanies, buttons etc..(Not unlike my darling wife and myself in the photo attached).
And realised that as a species, we humans love to feel part of something great, something moving forward, part of a community we feel proud of belonging to..
As humans we want to feel we are part of something that is good, that is worthy, that stands for something positive, constructive, healthy, vital and even powerful.
Whether you’re a member of Carlton Football Club, Geelong, West Coast, Arsenal, Manly, Perth Glory, the Catholic Church, or the local darts club, there is something healthy and uplifting about being part of a group striving to improve, make a difference, stand for something.
BUSINESS AND ENGAGEMENT
Richard Branson understands the power of standing for something and inviting his people to join the mission.
Steve Jobs also understood the power of engaging people in a mission to deliver something newer, better, more powerful, more beneficial than anything ever done before.
Anita Roddick with the Body Shop did the same.
She didn’t just run a retail store. She wanted to use her stores to change the world.
As we move toward the finals and the business end of the AFL season, not only are the top 4 teams preparing for battle in the Prelim and Grand Finals, there is movement everywhere with new coaches being appointed, players being given their retirement orders and new players being recruited to new teams.
I heard Carlton Coach Brett Ratton say in a post match interview ‘that will be the last time this group of players play together. Some of the player list won’t be there next year…’
and here is the important part..
‘….because if you’re not moving forwards, you’re moving backwards…’
IF YOU’RE NOT MOVING FORWARDS, YOU’RE MOVING BACKWARDS
If you’re not changing people, systems, strategies, knowledge, technology, ideas, leadership, coaching, marketing… you’re surely moving backwards..
The world changes every day.
Your competition changes every day.
The internet and technology is changing every day. (Just today I bought and downloaded 3 new apps for my Ipad that I didnt even know existed yesterday..)
Last week I took delivery of 5 new pieces of coaching technology I didn’t know existed 40 days ago.
I got the printer to print off 2 new products I am trialling with clients this week.
I might be 54 years of age but I have no intention of going backwards..
WORSFOLD’S SECRETS REVEALED HERE IN ONE LIST
I love seeing the Eagles keep moving forwards and I love digging that bit deeper into the newspapers and media reports to find out what is THE DIFFERENCE THAT IS MAKING THE DIFFERENCE..
Here is a quick list of just some of my findings
1. 2-3 years ago Coach John Worsfold goes overseas to study the Science of Leadership at the famed INSEAD business school in France
2. Brings in new assistant coaches Neil Daniher and Scott Burns to the coaching team
3. Brings in his brother to mentor and counsel players at the personal level
4. Develops a Leadership and Mentoring programme so each of his players are mentored by leading business people and leaders within the community
5. Sets a goal of taking the statistic for worst team in the league for losing the ball outside their 50 metre zone and turn it into their strength
6. Does intensive tackling training in the preseason so West Coast go from one of the worst tackling to best tackling sides
There is probably way more in what he has done to take the team from bottom of ladder ‘wooden spooners’ to the Preliminary Final, but the above list is a pretty good start.
“If you’re not going backwards you’re going forwards…’
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO TURN YOUR WEAKNESSESS INTO STRENGTHS?
What new blood, new thinking, new strategies do you need to bring in for next season?
What Negotiables do you need to turn into NON NEGOTIABLES?
I have to go to bed right now to get some beauty sleep..
But these are questions you might like to ponder..
If you have some feedback or ideas feel free to leave some comments..
As a Leader, your job is to Lead… Transform.. Make a difference..
Engagement…. Belonging.. Empowerment.. Mentoring.. Turning Weaknesses to Strengths and Strengths to Super Strengths.
Looking for the Differences that will make the Difference..
Hope this helps
See you next week..
Come On the Eagles!!!