Something I have been passionate about for some time now is empowering the 2nd string…or checking your bench. Your 1st string players will really (for the most part) take care of themselves–they have risen to the occasion and are on a strong path and a positive trajectory. But what about the second string… who is your next 1st string player?
If you look at the roster of any successful team, you will see that the starters are always outnumbered by the other players on the team. In the NFL, twenty-two people start on offense and defense, but the teams are allowed to have fifty-three players on a team. (heck college teams often have more than 100).
You find similar situations in every field. In the entertainment industry, the actors get the air-time, but the hundreds of crew members it takes to make a movie stay in the background. For any politician, corporate executive, or military commander that you know of, hundreds of people are working quietly in the background to make their work possible…nobody can neglect the majority of the team–or the second string and hope to be a true success.
What are WE going to do to bring those folks into the spotlight and empower them beyond the scope of their current jobs and responsibilities?