Are You Willing to Cross The Finish Line Last?

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To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.

-Mike Krzyzewski-

I’m not sure if you know this, but Le Tour De France started last weekend and just finished stage nine of twenty-one today.  After all of these stages, the riders will have raced for over 2,200 miles across parts of Germany and France, over some of the steepest mountains know to man, and down some of the most treacherous mountain descents ever ridden on any vehicle.

Each team is comprised of nine riders who’s purpose is to support the team captain to victory over the course of these 21 stages and 2,200 miles.  Victory in this race for the team captain is 100% impossible without his team and almost as impossible if he has the wrong team.

This support team of 8 has to break the wind resistance, ward of attacks from opposing teams, bring food and water from the team cars, set the pace, attack opposing teams, and even give up their bike for the captain should he have a mechanical problem.

Sometimes I wonder why we don’t operate in the same manner in our places of employment, in our business, in our social, and civic organizations.  Why is everyone always trying to be top dog?

I’m going to keep this simple and ask, is it such a bad thing not to be the one getting all of the credit?  Is it possible that we can overcome our own sense of “look at me, look at me” and let another have a victory?  To support our leaders in their endeavors, even if that leader is a peer or subordinate?

In the professional peloton, that’s what you call the teams of teams that make up professional bike racing, there is an unwritten rule that says, you’re time will come.  At some point in your career you will be the captain, and at that point, you will need a team willing to support you with their very last ounce of energy, even if it means crossing the finish line last.

Tino Hernandez



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