In the words of Vince Lombardi:
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
“People who work together will win, whether it’s against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
“The leader can never close the gap between his self and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.”
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”
Super Bowl XLVI
The New York Giants and the New England Patriots did not get to the Super Bowl because of efforts of one player. They got there by the efforts of each person in the organization – from the owner to the janitor. It wasn’t just the head coach, the quarterback or the defensive line. It took a collective effort by everyone keeping their eye on a collective goal – to win the Super Bowl.
What if the janitor missed cleaning a slippery spot in the locker room and the ‘star’ player slipped and broke his arm? What if the I.T. guy left a hole open in the firewall and the other team read the ‘game plan’? What if one player was always complaining? That one little piece of the puzzle could (would?) give the game to the other team.
Do you care about quality work from everyone? Do you let a few negative employees sour the company culture? Do you tolerate abusive customers yelling at your people? Do you spend most of your time with the sales people who are not making quota, or with your super stars? Are the people who are not pulling their weight, pulling down your best people?
You want the best person you can find at every position to have a winning team.