If a doctor measured the sweat he had poured out on the turf combined with the tears that had poured from his eyes following a final kick that drifted 3 feet too wide to continue the game, he/she would probably prescribe a Saline IV, and stat. He’d poured out everything. He gave his all. He was spent. Perhaps, he was too fatigued to take off his shoulder pads.
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Whether you’re comfortable with the expression of servant leadership or not, we’re all left with the same conclusion. If we really want to lead our businesses, organizations, communities, and families, we must be people-first. We must place a higher value on others. If we all make even the smallest effort to do that every day, the world will become a markedly better place. You can be that difference maker. You can be that change agent. You can be the leader worth following.
On the chain gang, I’ve seen and heard it all. I’ve seen teams that stay absolutely calm and consistent even when a game is slipping out of reach. Not surprisingly, those teams tend to go onto winning seasons, even if they lose that particular contest. I’ve also seen teams that absolutely fall apart. I’ve seen teams handle adversity with calmness, and I’ve seen teams turn on one another. I’ve seen coaches turn on one another. I’ve seen players disrespect their coaches, and I’ve seen players and coaches disrespect the officials.
During the quick lap around the museum, I gained confidence that as a musician, a citizen, and someone who has worked directly with evangelicals my whole life, I was right where I needed to be. I don’t have a position of power, but I had a perfect opportunity to speak truth to power. I took the stage with confidence and shared from my heart about the importance of finishing the fight to end extreme poverty.
I'm looking at this from a marketing perspective, but to me, baseball is all about fathers and sons. If MLB loses that connection, no amount of marketing campaigns can restore it. Adam including his son in the locker room is really good for baseball, and it's really good for his teammates too.