Turning Impossible into Possible.
There is a saying that goes something like: “if you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there.” This is as true in life as it is in football. If you do not know where you are going or you have not set any goals, how would you ever know if you arrived? How would you know what you might be capable of if you never challenge yourself?
As the leader of your team, it is vital you provide a vision for the destination. In order to cast a vision, you must address your team or organization shortly after you have accepted your leadership position. Do not however cast a vision that is not complete or for which you were not thoroughly prepared.
It is also wise for the leaders of each segment of the team to present the vision they have for their team’s role in the organization’s destination. Each of these coaches should think of themselves as the head coach of their position. The message delivered by the lieutenants or position coaches should be clearly reinforcing the head coach’s vision. Leaders cast a vision, but it is the foot soldiers who guarantee the outcome.
I have been on teams where the head coaches speak to the team every day of the week. I was on one team where the head coach spoke to the team only a few times per week and even that was not a certainty.
As one of the coaches who is also a member of the audience listening to the head coach’s or leader’s message, I do have an opinion. The coach who made the biggest impression and had the most sticky or easy to remember message to carry out was the coach who spoke only when he felt he had an important message to deliver.
When the team was addressed daily it wasn’t too long before the noise started to drown out the vision.
Noise being distraction, lack of attention, and simply listening to the same voice every day. When the head coach addressed the team at different times it carries a much different connotation. The team immediately had a sense that what the head coach was about to say was significant and important. When the head coach addresses the team daily, it simply becomes part of the weekly routine. So, the message becomes routine. On the day the head coach does not speak it also gives the coordinators a more powerful platform for their presentation as well.
As you and your team journey towards your destination it is the coach’s job to provide direction and to keep the vision in clear sight. As you do this, keep your meetings powerful and impactful by addressing your team when necessary rather than just as a normal part of a routine.