Last night the New England Patriots played the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. And, has been the case almost seventy five perecent of the time, the Patriots won the game. While it can be argued that the Patriots have implemented innovative strategies that have contributed to their success, there is one innovative idea that has had the most impact. This idea is simply Do Your Job.
Think about this for a moment. Imagine if everyone in your company, a school, the government - any place - simply did his or her job. You get hired to do a job so just do the freaking job. Do companies and leaders have a responsibility to create cultures and environments that enable people to do and be their best? Yes. Do leaders need to act in a way that allows people to feel respected and safe to participate? Absolutely.
I was watching the game and realized the Patriots have a 39 year old quarterback, their top offensive player is hurt, they have traded two top defenders this season, and there are rookies outplaying experienced veterans on the other team. While they have introduced some new approaches to their offensive and defensive schemes, it really comes down to one thing - everyone is doing their job.
So, ask yourself, has my company or team created an environment where people can be and do their best? Are people bought into leadership's vision? If the answer to each of one of questions is yes, maybe it is time to buy some mirrors.
Not the most feel good message of the day, but hopefully one that resonates!