I learned some of my most valuable life lessons from being on a high school State Championship volleyball team, playing for a coach who was hot, I mean, pushed us, had vision and has gone on to coach national, world and Olympic gold champion teams. How I handle myself in both a winning situation and a losing situation reflects on my character and has a direct impact on those around me, as well as the trajectory of the situation which is why I always get frustrated when Philip Rivers talks smack to other players or hangs his head low after a few bad plays. This rings true for almost every situation I find myself in, ever. Especially when my 5 year old is beating me at Memory.
As some of you may know, this year was my first season coaching the XC team at the community college I work at. I loved it and am so excited for next season to start. I had a group of hard working students who really showed me what it means to be passionate about running.
I learned a few things from them that I wanted to share with you.
Perhaps it will inspire you as well! I know I have more to give, especially if I want better results. My students showed up to practice every day and worked hard. They pushed their limits and committed to the team.
Despite having school work, exams, jobs, being tired, etc. I can certainly take that lesson and apply it to my own life. I have a couple of runners who had never ran competitively before.
One who had never really ran period! And you know what, they were just as committed as those who ran throughout high school.
They hung in with the other runners and worked just as hard. We can all relate to the pain, the daily grind, the muscle fatigue. Other coaches were shocked when I told them my team would ASK me to go to the weight room after practice to lift. You should be doing this too!
Like me My runners had no issue running in the rain…some even liked it! I just hate my shoes getting wet!
But when you have to get the miles in, you gotta do what you gotta do. They ran rain or shine, and we only postponed practice once due to weather because it was lightning out. Know when to stop. One of my runners had a knee and hip issue that would crop up every once in a while.
I remember specifically one day we were doing a track workout. But after the first rep, his hip got really tight and he could barely walk. There is a fine line between a little muscle fatigue and injury. Would you rather miss a few miles or a whole season? My team was awesome…such a great group of students to kick off my inaugural season.
I can only hope to continue it next season! Do you run outside no matter what? How do you motivate yourself to do that?Care for my team Poor leaders have provided great opportunities for me to show authentic care and support for my team.
My most memorable moments are regular one-on-one meetings with my team members helping them develop personally and professionally through the pain.
By including my team in the final stages of the planning and rolling out of the department goals in this way, it helped create a buy-in towards these goals. It also increased engagement because the team had helped in the creation of the goals and projects.
Through this offsite, my department seemed to form into an even stronger team that day. Mark Kingston after USC rallies, falls short: ‘I learned a lot about my team today’ Mar 04, How I Learned to Let My Workers Lead by Ralph Stayer.
Ralph Stayer is the CEO of Johnsonville Foods, Inc., of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and the managing partner of Leadership Dynamics, a consulting group that specializes in change. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a team player (or not). I enjoy sharing the load of making an assignment with my peers (or not).
I love sharing my ideas and knowledge for the greater good of our assignments’ marks (or not). The qualities and lessons learned while on the court have helped me understand many individuals and their struggles and gains.
I believe basketball is more about teamwork. I personally play for my team .