As I’ve done many times before, I am sharing a video here which I would like to come back to later…
When you’re on a team you’ve got to show up for whatever the coach tells you to show up for. You’ve got to show up 100%, and you have to be enthusiastic about it. What the coach wants to teach you, you have to be eager to learn.
Teams are great for sports, and for groups of young people, who often need a coach in their lives to give them direction. However, when you’re a mature adult, teams just become an annoyance. Mature adults should form associations, not teams. (Although, a baseball team is pretty good.)
An association allows you to work with like minded people for a common goal while giving you the freedom to decide how exactly you will participate. You decide how you can and will benefit the association. You don’t need a coach to tell you what to do or what you need to know. This requires maturity, but mature people require associations, not teams.
Visionary leaders love teams, but masters form associations. Be a master.
Click here for my previous Visionary vs. Master articles.
Jordan Peterson has recently published a video titled Message to the Christian Churches. It addresses the issue of raising up “real men.” Anyone who has been paying attention to the western Christian world will know that the Church has been dealing with this issue for a long time. Remember Mark Driscoll?
Right wingers will resonate with Peterson; left wingers will not. True Christianity is not trying to solve the conflict between left and right. Christ’s kingdom transcends our politics, thank God.
However, here again we see a non-Christian speaking with more influence over young men than any Christian leader. It doesn’t matter how wrong or right Peterson’s message is, it is the message being listened to by the most people.
There is no “I” in team. Yes, but there is a “me”. If you’re leading a team, no one cares about your passion except you. What does everyone else care about? Their own passions of course. Why would you expect anything different? Now, this isn’t a bad thing — in fact, just the opposite — if everyone is passionate about the same thing. You’d expect everyone on the same team to be passionate about the same thing. If everyone is passionate about different things, then that’s no team. If all the team has the same passion except one person, then that one person is in the wrong place. If you, as the team leader, are constantly struggling to get people to do their part, then you are in the wrong place.
On any sports team, every player is passionate about the game. Also, every player wants to be the star player. Every player is passionate about his own success. Sure, the coach has to be passionate too if he wants the players to listen to him, but each player will put his own passion before the coach’s passion. If the coach sees a player with no passion, that player is booted off the team.
I’m mostly repeating myself from what I’ve written in my other Visionaries vs Masters articles, but that’s okay. Nobody is reading this anyway.
If you want to lead, give your team what they want: the ability to satisfy their own passions. You don’t like their passions? Then why are they on your team?
Hopefully I’ve now used the word “passion” enough times to make you sick of it, as you should be.
Also, if you want to be a master, you should ditch the whole team model entirely.