I attended a Harlem Globetrotters game over the weekend and of course had some observations. First, not a single player is from Harlem.
Second, the whole event proves that people will always pay to see creativity trump the average, or in this case, no one was there to support those poor Washington Generals.
The last observation snuck up on me during the halftime show. A local dance team, consisting of boys and girls from the age of four to 20, performed in front of everyone. They were really good and it's always fun to see little kids dance hip hop; that of course is why I was such a fun kid (oh yeah, me + refrigerator box at recess + soundtrack of Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo = a new blog titled "Adventures Where Little Red Headed Kids Pop'n Lock'n Don't Belong")
I know I just jeopardized loosing you as you try to figure out what the crap just happened in that video and what is a boogaloo? I was talking about the dance team!
What I noticed, as these kids performed, is that the coach of the team sat in a chair on the sideline of center court. I don't know this woman personally, but we connected as her kids danced because she was so happy watching them dance! She was clapping to the beat, laughing, enjoying watching her kids dance, and yelling out encouragement as they went by. I don't know if anyone else even noticed her, but I did! I was thinking about the amount of time and energy she invested to teach every kid, even the youngest kid, every single move. She also was the creative force behind the choreography, the costumes, the timing, and even building a team of people who helped her coach. But when it came time to be in the spotlight, she was sitting on the sideline cheering. Although the teams performance was to wow the crowd, the coach had to wow her team, which she did simply through the expression on her face, her posture of leaning forward in her chair, and her encouraging words as they moved. She was having fun!
When they finished dancing I was thinking to myself about how we, as leaders, are intended to help others move. We have to help them do it creatively, offering them a challenge, and letting them add to it with their own unique passion. Do our faces show our people how much we enjoy watching them move? When was the last time you spoke encouragement into someone? When was the last time you cheered for your team? Don't get lost looking for the crowd to cheer for you because the applause lasts only a few seconds. Instead, delight in the opportunity to be life long relationships with people you coach to move and have some fun for crying out loud!