This week’s focus point…

Friday Night Lights – View from the Press Box


I’ve had the joy of being the stadium announcer for the local high school football team for the past 9 seasons. It’s a great view for watching young men play a game that offers many leadership opportunities.

For about the past 7 years, the team has done a pretty cool thing. After every game, win or lose, the players walk to the edge of the home stands and salute the students and parents by singing the school fight song. After wins, it’s easy. After losses, it’s hard. It’s even harder to do it with enthusiasm. The leaders of the team, normally the seniors and captains, always stand front and center leading the charge. Win or lose, the fight song is sung by players, coaches, and fans.

As a former high school coach, I can tell you it only happens if you have leaders on your team. Who are your “team” leaders? You may not have to sing a fight song, but your leaders need to sing your mission, your values, and your culture. What if you are deemed the leader? How enthusiastic are you in tough times? Are you the one showing consistency and passion? In football, business, and life, we need leaders. Go be one!

This week’s quote – “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”
~James Neil Hollingsworth

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved


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