“What Is Your problem?”
We have all been there…
You have worked hard, been positive, done the right things, and
then catastrophe happens. You didn’t cause it. You didn’t expect
it. But it hits you like driving full speed into a concrete
You ignored a warning, gave into a temptation, or made a bad
decision. You lost a friend or you family was broken apart. Your
business is failing or you lost your job. Your reputation is
severely damaged. You may even be facing prison.
What happens next will be determined by your attitude toward your
problem. You have options. Those options will be based on your
attitude toward the problem, not on the problem
George Washington’s small army was almost destroyed on Long Island.
They were driven out of Manhattan, chased across New Jersey into
Pennsylvania. His army of 6000 shrunk to 2000, due to casualties
and desertions. Their situation was dire with little ammunition or
supplies. The weather was bitter cold with freezing rain and snow.
His men were demoralized.
The British were so sure that Washington was defeated they stopped
to enjoy the holidays. However, in a series of covert attacks in
horrible weather, Washington, who refused to be defeated, conducted
two successful campaigns at Princeton and Trenton, saving his
Was it Washington’s problem or his attitude toward the problem that
snatched victory from the jaws of defeat? Their problems were
monumental. They endured a string of defeats, were chased across 3
states, and had only 2000 men against an army of 18000. His
attitude was that freedom was worth enduring hardships and
In a recent baseball game, an infielder missed an easy play.
Because of his mistake, their opponent scored a run, taking the
lead. Later in the game, that same player drove in three runs
helping his team win. Was the problem his mistake, or his attitude
toward the mistake.
As humans, we will face many issues requiring us to choose how to
respond. Some will be life-changing. Others will matter only for a
short time. Understand that problems, both great and small, whether
caused by you or others, are opportunities to learn and
Instead of being defeated, turn to God, requesting the strength to
endure the hardship, and the wisdom to learn from and meet these
Then, share what you learned with others.
That is today’s Morning Minute
MORNING MINUTE: 7/07//23
“What is Teamwork?”
Most people think of sports when discussing
While success in sports at every level almost always depends on
teamwork, there are other arenas where
teamwork is critical. So, how do we accomplish building a
First, what is teamwork? It is the successful
accomplishment of goals by harnessing the individual talents of
each team member. Success is achieved when every team member buys
into the mission, and supports the other team members all the way
to mission accomplished. When everyone on the team feels that team
success benefits them personally, each person will experience a
feeling of success and accomplishment when the team goal is
Let’s look at a real world example.
A full-service restaurant:
As a diner, you may only see the coordination of the dining room
team. They seat you, get you drinks and menus, answer questions,
handle requests, and work to ensure you enjoy your experience.
There is a massive amount of teamwork, that is out of
your sight, making all this possible.
The prep cooks ensure that salads, soups, various entrees, and
desserts are ready for the line cooks and runners. The line cooks
prepare your entrees at different times so that your various
entrees are ready to plate and serve all at the same time. The
runners bring the food to your table. The kitchen manager or
chef coordinates all the kitchen activities so that the dining room
staff creates a great experience for each diner.
The restaurant manager oversees all these activities, moving staff
and supplies as needed to create the best service for all their
guests. This general manager is the head coach, the kitchen and
dining room managers are the team coordinators, while the kitchen
and dining room staffs are the offensive and defensive
Their mission is accomplished when each team member understands how
their own effort affects the efforts of the other team members.
Each person must be trained, and have the tools to do their job.
Success is achieved when team members assist each other to handle
issues and opportunities as they arise. Their respect and support
for each other,, creates the synergy that we call
And that is how you build successful teams.
Now, take a good look at the team you lead. Are they properly
trained? Do they have the necessary tools to do their jobs
properly? Does each team member understand how what they do affects
the total team effort?
Finally, are you leading them effectively?