Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Hey Everyone!
As promised, I told you all that I will keep the blogs coming. I want to let you know that I have been adjusting very well over here, and that things are much better. Our club has made some great changes and are trying very hard to move things in the right direction. Practices have been going well and I am still learning each and everyone of my teammates. I love how the coach is challenging me to lead -- it is allowing me to grow as well as do what is natural and normal. We have a team full of passionate and eager players so that makes it all worth it.

I want to share something with you all that I read in John Maxwell's "Team Work 101:"
Each Team Member Plays A Special Role
As the team fit becomes stronger and each person is willing to put the team first, people begin to recognize their different roles on the team. They can do this because they know what must be accomplished to win, and they know their teammates' capabilities. With that knowledge and some encouragement from the team leader, people will gladly assume appropriate roles. Phillip Van Auken, in  The Well-Managed Ministry, recognizes this as the Niche Principle. He say " People who occupy a special place on the team feel special and perform in a special way. Team niches humanize teamwork."

In an ideal situation each person's role is built on his or her greatest strengths. That way each person's talent can be maximized. But it doesn't always work exactly that way. Because the teams success is what is most important, sometimes the team members must be flexible. For example anyone who follows professional basketball has heard of Magic Johnson. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1980's, when they were one of the best teams. His greatest talent was his ability to make plays happen, especially assists using incredible look-away passes. But Johnson was a player who was always willing to fill whatever role the team needed. Over several seasons he started in the NBA Championship games as a guard, forward, and center. He may be the only professional basketball player who has ever done that.

The most important thing is that all the team members take a role that fits the goal and needs of the organization as well as their own personal talents and abilities. When any role is not filled, the whole team suffers.

If you are a team leader, you must recognize what roles need to be filled by your team members for the team to accomplish its goal. And when you see a role not being filled, you must make adjustments to the team to make sure the job gets done.

I hope you all enjoyed what I just shared.