As a former coach, I often think about what separates great teams from good teams. Some may think it’s the quality of the players, the quality of the coach, or the quality of the support systems around the team. I truly believe a great team starts with great people, all trying to achieve the same goal. Lots of teams have great players or even a great coach, but often times, underachieve. Why is that? Perhaps, it’s because they each have their own agenda.
If you have the right people with the same goal nothing else should matter. A believer in the concepts presented in the book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins, I have arrived at the mindset that if you have the right employee, teammate, etc., you can put them anywhere in your organization or any position on the playing field, and they will perform well. There are plenty of people who are not good for your organization or team, but it is more of a function of them not on board with the ultimate goal, rather than that they are just not “great.” They may be great somewhere else……
So how do you find the right people? It comes down to finding people who really, truly believe in what you do. If you can find those people, you can keep them engaged and working hard toward your goal. If you are clear about your mission and what you hope to accomplish, people understand it and either buy in or don’t. If they don’t, then you can move on to the next person who does.
I say all of this to say, we feel that the team we have built in TEAM FIGHT is a great one because they understand what the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults’ mission is. They believe in what we do, how we do it and want to continue to support us in doing MORE for the young adults affected by cancer we serve. So as we grow, we are consciously searching for the right people for our cause. I encourage you to read more about us and find out if you could be a great member of our great TEAM. You don’t need to be a world class athlete, you just have to want to help others!