Monday, January 14, 2008

Leadership Lessons from Brett Favre

I heard this story this morning and could not help making the connection to real world leadership and discipleship. Early in the first quarter of Saturday's playoff game, Green Bay running back Ryan Grant (a ND alum) fumbled the ball not once, but twice in the first 3 times he touched the ball; leading to a 14-0 Seattle lead. Quarterback Brett Favre approached Grant on the bench and told him; "if anybody knows about making mistakes in a big game it is me. Forget about it". How did Grant respond? By rushing for an amazing 201 yards and 3 touchdowns!!
What comes to mind is just how often we become angry or discouraged with people (our kids, co-workers, friends, etc.) who make mistakes around us. We then have a tendency to disregard and effectively "bench" them.
What of we took the position of Favre and head coach McCarthy and let people continue to play? Do we too easily forget they we also had to learn and probably made some mistakes along the way that were AT LEAST as bad as the ones we condemn. How would they perform if we encouraged and coached them along in their next attempt(s)? We may just be surprised by a performance of a lifetime.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians 4:29

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