For most of my life, I have heard it said that a certain
player put his team on his shoulders and carried them to victory. Although I understand the concept, it really
does not happen that way. In team sports, no one individual wins by himself or
loses by himself.
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In soccer, one player may kick the winning goal but his
teammates had to pass him the ball and defend against the opponent. In basketball, one player may hit the winning
shot but his teammates had to play defense, set a pick or pass the ball. In baseball, one player may hit the winning
home run but if the pitcher on his team gave up several runs or the defense
committed too many errors, they lose. In
hockey, the goalie may block every shot but his team has to score. In football, the quarterback may throw the
winning touchdown but if his offensive line does not block well, he does not
have time to throw the winning touchdown.
Too often, business owners do not surround themselves with
the right team. They try to be superstars instead of surrounding themselves with
right team so their business can flourish. A business owner needs to understand his or
her weaknesses and surround himself or herself with people who have strengths
that they do not.
Recently I was asked to play in a scramble golf tournament. I
can drive the golf cart really well but golf is not my sport. In the past, I
would play and they would place me with a team that only had 3 players. This
time I decided to recruit some people who could play. My friend Mike Barbieri
plays good golf but I needed 2 more people. I reached out to several people and
was able to recruit 2 more good golfers. Although I did not personally know Amber or
Tyler, some of my contacts did.
I can play many sports but golf is not one of them, so I
surrounded myself with people who could play and we won the tournament.
Remember folks, the object of owning a business is not so you
can say, “I own a business”; however, the object is to win. Winning is almost
impossible if you try do everything by yourself.
Surround yourself with a winning team.
Who do you have on your team that is helping your team win? Leave comments below.
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