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Lead with your strength! (Part Two)

As shared on yesterday’s post, leading with a strength is a simple, powerful truth for everyday living.  During a highly animated followup conversation with Mr. Van (St. Michael) last evening about the post, he shared this extraordinary moment in his young life demonstrating this very truth…

“It was August 20, 1966. In May of the year, I was struck by a car sustaining severe, life-threatening injuries.  Living within a full-length body cast for several months, my father sought to provide encouragement and motivation for powering through during the long recovery process.  As a member of the Dallas Salesmanship Club, he secured sideline game passes for the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.  My oldest brother, Tom, wheeled me in my stretcher chair onto the field at the 40-yard-line (what an experience of a lifetime!).  Late in the third quarter, the Packers were driving down the field using their infamous Power Sweep on almost every play.  Green Bay PackersWhen they reached the 35-yard-line, we had a perfect view to watch the each play develop.  Bart Starr handed the football to Paul Hornung who followed a parade of blockers around the right end.  The Cowboys defended the play well, pushing the onrushing team of blockers and runners to the sidelines exactly where we were located.  Sensing an imminent collision, my brother Tom sacrificed his quarterback body (because he was the star quarterback on the high school team) to block the blow by diving in front of the onrushing Packers and Cowboys.  Thankfully, eighteen players ran around my location without injury or incident.  After the game, Bart Starr walked over and presented Tom with an autographed chin strap from his helmet, saying, “Bud, you had the best block of the entire game.” 

Now THAT is knowing your strength…mentally, physically, emotionally…and leading with it, even in the midst of possible defeat!  Thanks, Tom, for sharing the true spirit of brotherhood and demonstrating how to lead with your strength.  Thanks, Michael, for sharing this most personal of stories.  Here’s hoping the learners in our learning community today create Power Sweeps of their own in the coming years!  🙂

Note:  We are definitely leading with strength on Thursday as we challenge ourselves to the POWER of Miller Event!  Thanks to all involved in this campus-wide opportunity and for supporting our many programs at LME!  As Hanz and Franz ask everyday, “Do YOU have the POWER?”  🙂

Lead with your strength!

During morning walkabout today, a child stops me:

  • Child:  Mrs. Van, are walkin’bout now?
  • Me:  Yes!  Please tell me what’s going on in your work today.
  • Child:  Well…I’m leading with strength first!  🙂

What a powerful start to my day!  This simple interaction reminded me of an even more simple truth in learning and in life.  Here’s a little story to better illustrate my point (for all you sports fans):  Strength

Vince Lombardi once hosted a four-day football clinic for coaches and devoted two full days to just one play, the Power Sweep.  If you know football history, Coach Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers won five league championships, including the first two Super Bowl Games because of that one play (see, St. Michael, I DO listen to your football lessons!).  Everyone, including Green Bay’s competitors, knew the Power Sweep was coming, and yet, they still couldn’t stop it.  Coach and his team developed a strength that became an unstoppable force of positive momentum, and they led with this strength every time.

Ask yourself these questions:  What are your strengths?  What do you do best?  Where can you be the strongest?  Teachers must be masters of not only their own strengths but 22+ others as well.  Focusing energy and practice, mastering fundamentals, and developing individual strengths creates a classroom culture of personal excellence.  The more time we spend developing and leading with our strengths, the more each person becomes successful in them.  We tell learners all the time we don’t need an average campus or an average “you;” we need the best you…and when you lead with your strength, you share your best always.  May we never forget the power of one simple, clear truth:  lead with your strength!  🙂

Note:  Speaking of strength, Hanz and Franz are reminding us of the POWER of Miller this week on Thursday.  Lead with your strength as we work together and have great fun sweating for change!