I often joke that the boys are hostages against their own will this year in football. Although they are warming up to the idea of playing football again this year, they would really rather not. Now, I am sure some of you are already forming your opinion on how I shouldn't force my children to play sports and so on. While that may be true, there are several reasons why I feel that they should participate in sports and other activities. I believe strongly that they need to have some physical activity, without mandating this their days would be devoted to computer games, television, and kindles. Sports and group activities teach children how to work as a team to accomplish a goal. Finally, I believe that it teaches them commitment and being true to your word. So, for these reasons, they will know the ups and downs of participating, whether it is in sports, music, or boy scouts. They may choose not to participate in any of these long-term, but they will learn to at least give it their best try. Although we encourage participation, we also discuss with the kids which activities to participate in.
As I think about what I want to try to teach my children, I typically pull the lessons from my daily work life. I think of all the times that I am in meetings with one team or another or a mixture of teams and how we come together to work towards a larger goal. I think about how many times projects or tasks are assigned to members of the team that make a commitment to helping the team achieve a goal. One of the best things about being part of a team is putting your individual goals second to the team goals. This is always the case in healthcare where our larger goal is the care of our patients. So, this week I challenge you to think about your impact on your team and your level of participation. Are you a hostage against your will or are you going to give it your best try?
-Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO