Updated: Feb 14, 2022
Building a culture of excellence is necessary for any team or group that wants to be successful over the long haul. Unfortunately, most teams forget to include one key ingredient: COMPETITION.
Competing is the idea that if you're doing something, anything at all, it's imperative to do it as well as you possibly can, every single time. Think about it in the context of a basketball team. Anyone (even lazy players) will dive on the ground for a loose ball late in the 4th quarter when the game is on the line. But is your team full of players that will do it every single time? Even when it's early in a game or if your team is down by 20 points?
As a child of the 1990s, I grew up loving the Chicago Bulls and was obsessed with Michael Jordan. There's a story about one time in practice when the Bulls were scrimmaging to 11 and Jordan's squad quickly got out to an 8-2 lead. At that moment, the coach stopped the game and put MJ on the other team. What did he do? Not surprisingly, he led his new team to a come-from-behind victory.
This competitive fire, an unrelenting passion to be the best you can be at every single moment, is a game-changer for any player, person, or team that desires an exceptional culture.
How often do you compete? Some of the time? None of the time?
Do you compete in every area of your life? What about when you're tired but there's still more to do?
Anybody can compete when it's easy. Special cultures understand that it's a full-time job!