None of us is as smart as all of us. -Ken Blanchard
We are gearing up for dance competition at the end of this month. The girls are excited and have been working hard to clean their routines. We talk a lot about the commitment to the team and why it is important to go to class and work hard each time. I often get challenged on the whole dance thing, why do you drive your girls to dance three times a week, how much do you pay for all of that and so on. I think this excerpt from a blog post by Shad Martin explains it so well:
I pay for those moments when my daughters become so tired they want to quit but don't. I pay for those days when my daughters come home from school and are "too tired" to go dance but go anyway. I pay for my daughters to learn to work with others and to be good teammates. I pay for my daughters to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don't get that part they hoped for, but still have to work hard at the part that they received. I pay for my daughters to learn to make and accomplish goals. I pay for my daughters to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create something beautiful, and that success does not happen overnight.
I think this sums up beautifully the lessons learned from dance for my girls. There a million ways to teach these things to your kids and you certainly don’t have to enroll them in dance for them to learn these lessons. But for my girls, it has been an incredible experience that has taught them a lot about teamwork, commitment and dedication all of which are important skills for them to have in their adult life. If you take a moment and reflect, these are the same characteristics that make our team successful at Iowa Specialty Hospital. Your individual commitment to the common goal equals success. We couldn’t do it without everyone pulling in the same direction. So, this week take time to acknowledge and celebrate the teamwork going on around you.
"Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." - Vince Lombardi
-Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO