My 'awareness' elevator went to this floor this week. And when the doors opened, I stepped out into the twilight zone. It was a place I didn't recognize. I had a sense I had been there before, but everything had changed.
I was team focused this week, while I searched for the right combination. The most valuable player concept has always been a mystery to me. I see the team as needing everyone. Each player having a different craft, strength, and personality brings the unmistakable energy and unique flavor to what the team hopes to accomplish. It is each team member's awareness that plays the notes of the tune that is finally heard. The song is always going to be the song. If the words are sweetly sung or only the instruments are played, the end result is the magnification of all efforts and contributions. Knute Rockne says what I experienced this week best:
"The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven."
At least not the ones that are able to get the most people from one place to another or get somewhere faster than the competition. It takes plenty of effort on everyone's part to manage every part of the available resources. The potential for making a wrong decision is as deep as the water being moved across and as vast as the wind in the sails. I manage by acknowledging each element. Being the leader is a job of observance. Course correction, if needed. All of the team members are valuable. I am thankful for all of them. It is always a challenge to decide which qualifies as a most valuable player.