Monday Motivation: Teach The Team
Monday Motivation, 10.12.2020
Written by: Kaitlyn Gwaltney
Every Monday, The Rogers-Long Team meets for one of its two weekly meetings. The Monday meeting always ends with “Monday Motivation” in which a few minutes are spent listening to one team member presenting a quote, a quick reading from a book, a scene from a movie, or anything else they find motivating to provide a “spark” to the whole team on a Monday morning.
While Monday Motivation has always been a struggle for me, I’m excited for this one. Admittedly, I rolled my eyes the other night when my husband mentioned wanting to watch a new Netflix series call “The Playbook”, however, as soon as we finished the first episode I knew this is exactly what I can use for my next Monday Motivation. This comes from the third episode spotlighting Jose Mourinho, soccer manager, who is known for teaching many well-known professional players. The quote that stuck out to me the most from his interview was: “I don’t teach football (soccer) players, I teach football (soccer) teams”.
While it is important to make sure the individuals on your team are good at what they do, I believe it is more important to place the focus on teaching the team. You’re not going to coach Tom Brady how to be a quarterback, you’re not going to teach Michael Jordan how to shoot a basketball, you’re going to teach them how to be a player on “that” team. You have to rely on your team members enough to know that during the game, they will know what is going on and can make the right decision. You have to know without a doubt that all of the practice leading up to that moment will become automatic decisions when there is a decision to be made.
One of the many positives of being on a team is knowing what your teammates strengths and weaknesses are. With that, you also learn how to mesh well with those strengths and weaknesses to be able to help each other out. If my strength is preparing for an appointment, I’m going to help someone on my team by sharing my tips and strategies on preparation. If my weakness is planning an event, I’m going to ask a teammate who enjoys planning events for help. The more we are able to help each other, the better we can become as individuals. The better we can become as individuals will ultimately lead to the team as a whole improving. If the team improves, everyone wins. I’ll leave you with this challenge: the next time you see or hear that a teammate is struggling, offer to help. By sharing tips, strategies, and past experiences, you both could end up learning something new!
Kaitlyn Gwaltney, a Realtor with The Rogers-Long Team since 2016, previously worked in the medical field for 6 years before deciding to shift her compassion and dedication toward helping others in a different direction. The RLT excitedly brought Kaitlyn on to work with buyers and sellers due to her humility, inner drive to succeed, and her fun-loving attitude.