In our first article of the series we looked at how value is subjective depending on the purpose, which in turn is tied to goals. Lionel Messi is an excellent example of this. His coaches wanted big, strong, and physical players©, who would win games, but the head coach, Johan Cruyff, wanted to develop players. The youth coaches had a purpose of winning games today, but the visionary had a purpose of development for the future. This still happens a lot in youth soccer (and probably other sports), and is easily seen in the Relative Age Effect.
We’re not all scouts and coaches, and most of us will never have to judge the potential of a kid and tell them they’re not what we are looking for. It’s hard enough interviewing people for a “normal” job and making that decision for someone’s life, making it for a kid who may have their identity tied up in this (as well as their parents living vicariously through them) would certainly be no easier. However, we all have decisions to make in life. We have to weigh up the value and purpose of one decision or direction over another. We have to determine whether we want quick results, or whether to take a risk for bigger rewards down the road. This can be scary. We have to judge what we know to be true today against what may be true tomorrow.
We live in a “now” world, and taking a step back to build for the future is difficult and often faces opposition. Here I will give credit to one of the best managers I have ever had. I had taken over a struggling location and he would call me 3 or 4 times a day “Is everything OK?” would be the first thing he would say, as if I was going to leave at any moment. I told him all was well and it would be 6 months before he saw results. I asked for patience as we slowly built a team of great people, and we ended up as a great location from a sales, service, and operations perspective. He was patient, and I made commitments to fix, not just bandage the problem.
Here are today’s three takeaways:
1 – Weigh up the pros and cons of which is more beneficial between long-term or short-term goals.
2 – Don’t be afraid to question whether the instant results would benefit or harm the long-term goals and objectives.
3 – Be patient. Quick fixes can often lead to a life of living in crisis management.
I know a few people who lurch from one crisis to the next. It’s almost as if they live for it and wouldn’t know how to live with any peace or stability. However, finding and fulfilling purpose is often a long-term project. Sometimes short-term, but temporary results are better than long-term ones. If you don’t believe me, ask a Paramedic or ER nurse or doctor. Weigh up which is most important, and even if you are working on a short-term fix, keep an eye on the future and create something a longer-term solution can be built upon.
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© Pretty much every opposing manager of a team that faced Stevenage FC managed by Graham Westley.