Last week I was listening to one of the last few days of the Mike & Mike sports talk show on ESPN radio. (I am going to miss those guys.) They were interviewing Coach Mike Krzyzewski, the head basketball coach of Duke University, better known as Coach K. It is very early in the college basketball season, but his team, #1 ranked Duke, had just beaten then #2 ranked Michigan State. They asked Coach K. what he felt like he knew about his team and if it was too early to determine the identity of the team. I was impressed by his response.
If you have already said who you are, you may not become what you are supposed to be.
- Coach K
Isn’t it true though? He went on to say that he did not want to limit the team by establishing an identity too soon. They might appear to be a good defensive team now, but they might ultimately be a great scoring team. I thought it was a great answer!
Are you guilty of this? I know I am. If you say you are a $5 million revenue widget sales company doesn’t that prohibit you from becoming a $12 million widget and accessories sales, distribution and installation company? The same is true of our personal identities and goals. Don’t limit yourself. Don’t box yourself in without allowing for time to develop. Don’t keep your team from becoming what it is supposed to be!