Playing on the Big Team

Nan is busy writing her new book, Trust, Inc. – How to Create a Business Culture That Will Ignite Passion, Engagement. and Innovation which comes out in Fall 2013. So, I’m posting a blog for her this week.

It’s that time of year, March Madness is in full swing. When I was young I wasn’t much of an athlete – poor eye hand coordination, horrible balance and slow running kept me out of sports. But I could be found almost every weekend cheering my friends from the bleachers. Later, when I had kids they were involved in sports, a couple in every season. I learned there was so much more happening then just “playing the sport and winning”. Leadership for one. That’s why I’m always on the look out for sport stories when something greater besides the game happens.

If you haven’t heard about Basketball Coach Morales, a high schoolleather basketball isolated on a white background basketball manager named Mitchell, and Jonathon, an opposing basketball player from a rival team in El Paso, Texas – check it out.

Jonathon, a player on his high school basketball team with – no title, no direction from his coach, no consulting with his team – makes a choice. He doesn’t wait, he takes the initiative on his own and makes a decision that will have lasting impact on many of us. While playing the game, Jonathon follows a simple rule, “I was raised to treat others how you want to be treated.” He steps up and becomes a leader and a role model for all.

Seeing that, makes me wish for a “do over” to play a high school sport. Perhaps, we will see more examples of “titleless leadership” On the Road to the Final Four in Atlanta.