Leadership: Beneficial for the long run (The 222 factor).

26 03 2010

2 Timothy 2:2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (NASB)

This may seem trivial to some of you, but for others you will know exactly what I’m talking about.  The coach makes all the difference!  For those of you who are not very big sports fans please bear with me for a moment as I explain why this is a big deal.  When a professional sports team is not doing well one of the things they will do to improve the organization is to fire the head coach.  Now this seems silly since it is the players who are not performing up to their potential, the coach can’t MAKE them run faster, he can MAKE them catch balls, he can’t Make them tackle better.  In fact he can’t MAKE them do anything.  All he can do is plan, teach, and invest.

So what is the point?  When I was in my junior year of high school I had a defensive tackle coach who observed my strengths and my weaknesses and then equiped me with information and tools to succeed.  My senior year I had a different coach who told me I had to have my ready stance a certain way (different from junior year) and that I had to approach the tackle a different way.  Now his methods weren’t bad, in fact he played football as a tackle for Notre Dame and for the Washington Redskins, but for me they didn’t work.  Looking back, the issue wasn’t the methods the issue was that he did not take the time to understand my strengths and weaknesses nor did he invest the time to show me how to adjust the new methods for the way I was built.   

This is going to seem like bragging for a moment, but it’s not, it is to support my point.  My junior year I had 50 tackles in 9 games, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 sack, in a 4-4 defence (meaning it was set up for the defensive tackles to occupy the offensive line and the line backers to make the tackles).  I had a great season!  I was selected all-district defensive tackle, had colleges interested in my game films, it was awesome!  Now enter my senior year with the different coach.  I failed miserably, I was having one of the worst seasons of my life!  I just couldn’t succeed in this coach’s style.  It worked for him, but not for the player. 

Paul tells Timothy, commit or entrust what I have taught you to faithful men who will teach others.  You can tell, show, and encourage someone to do a particular action.  But if you are going to commit and entrust the knowledge of what you know to them, you MUST take the time to invest!  Investing is not a “once and done” deal.  It is a process which requires a leader to effectively communicate and entrust their knowledge to the other person.  This is what I call the 222 factor (pronounced the two twenty-two factor cause it sounds cooler than 222 factor), simply explained it is exponential growth; 2  x 2 x 2 (2 timothy, chapter 2, verse 2)  When you take the time to teach and entrust those under you, they will do the same for someone else. 

I could have adopted and perfected the new method, but I had no training, I had no one on one time.  I was told, shown, and then expected to perform.  As a result I had the worst year in football ever.  I’m not blaming it all on the coach, there were other factors, one being me, that resulted in a bad year.  But as we all know, leadership can make all the difference.

Leaders, take the time to invest in your people.  Teach them what you know, don’t assume they will hear it or see it and know how to perform it.  It will benefit you in the long run! 

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2 responses

27 03 2010
Matt Turgeon

I think the key in all of this is for us to win the battle of ourselves. Donald Miller talks about it in his book “Blue Like Jazz”, that the biggest issue is not the evil out in the world, but the beast that lives within our chest (our selfishness). We are naturally selfish. This makes it difficult because our natural desire is to be in control. We want to “do it all” and have everyone do it our way (just like your coach), but that isn’t what God calls us to do. Once we are able to let go of that, we are able to be servants of God. Being a servant for God is not about us, it’s about furthering His kingdom. By investing in other people, we are growing His Kingdom at an exponential rate (2*2*2).

28 03 2010
Mason Stanley

Matt, that is a great thought, thanks for sharing!

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