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A movie about what really matters
Sometimes, life can be very stressful. Lots to do, but not enough time. This 3-minute movie will put it all in perspective. It’s all about our priorities and the choices we make. I’ll guarantee…it will make you smile, make you think, and make you want to share it with everyone you know. Enjoy!
People that know me know that I don’t watch much TV. In fact our family has never had a cable package and Rebecca and I haven’t ever wanted one (well almost never – the Olympics would be an exception). This is not to say that we don’t have family movie nights or occasionally find a show or series that the family especially likes and subscribe to Netflix or Hulu for a month to watch it. (The Kids love “Once Upon a Time” and since Rebecca has been pregnant and feeling sick we have gathered with her to watch “Master Chef” – and we have recently enjoyed the 6 available episodes of the British produced Sherlock Holmes.)
Even then though we have tried to do this in a way that creates family gathering and builds family culture. (think team meetings) Because a gathering can be a time of strengthening – a time to build relationships, and to create shared and common experiences. From those shared and common experiences we create the foundation for discussion and discovery. This is often as simple as asking a few questions…such as: What did you think about that? Why did you like it? What if you or we had been in that situation? What do you hope will happen in the next episode? Who do you want to win? What bothered you most about their reaction?
The answers to these questions can provide insight into how people think, how they see the world, what they value and in short to who they are and who they are becoming.
Building big teams and building culture doesn’t have to be complicated and in fact shouldn’t be. It does however need to be intentional. Especially if you want it to be exceptional or at the very least special. It doesn’t take as much effort to be in the minor leagues as it does to be in the big ones.
Every team, like every family, has and will always have a culture… a way of being. But only the teams that are intentional about it – are likely to have the more positive and powerful cultures. Excellence and greatness rarely happen by accident. They are rather the result of intentional and continuous efforts. You don’t see gold medals around the necks of the unintentional. Rather they hang around the necks of those who know clearly what they want (vision) have set and openly discussed many times their goals to realize that vision (mission) and have implemented regular patterns of behavior to help them accomplish that mission (strategy – aka , traditions, rituals, habits – intentional)
Preparing for the Big League tryouts.
I am not saying or claiming that our family culture is excellent or great, but we are working and hoping to make it as positive, peaceful and powerful as we possibly can. Our family(think your team) , like anyone else’s has stuff to work on. We know it….and we’re OK with it. Heck, it’s why we are a team…. to work together on that stuff.
But along with our “opportunities for growth”(weaknesses) we also have many wonderful strengths. And so do you and your team. We can let those strengths languish and atrophy by not working on them or…. we can get more intentional about using them to get ourselves and our teams ready for a bigger challenge…to move up from little league into the big league. Now that is something to chew on.
I never saw the following Nike commercial until this morning (stuff I miss because I don’t watch television) but it inspired today’s T4D and I hope it will inspired as it did me…to stop playing small and get into a bigger game.