A search and rescue taught a lesson in bringing people togetherSep 15, 2021
In 2016, a three-year-old boy wandered away from home in Antigo, Wisconsin.
About 500 of the local townspeople people set out to look for him.
For 19 hours, no one could find the young boy. But on the 20th hour, things took a turn….
20 hours after the start of the search, a volunteer discovered the little boy, unharmed, sitting cross-legged in a nearby cornfield, waiting for someone to find him.
That volunteer who found him was called a hero… but he refused to take credit.
Instead, he said: “It took hundreds of us to find him.”
The local Sheriff called the support “Nothing short of amazing”
It’s a heartwarming story with a happy ending. But that’s not why I think you needed to hear this today.
If you’re a manager of people, listen up…..
Do you remember when Stephen Anderon won the Super Bowl? No?
What about when Megan Rapinoe defeated Thailand in the first game of the World Cup? Still not ringing a bell?
Now, I’m sure you remember the last time the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl. Or when the Women's Soccer Team beat Thailand 13-0 in the last World Cup.
That’s because when it comes to team sports, we rarely remember the things the individuals do.
We remember what the team did together.
If you’re a manager of people, your main job is to connect people together for the greater good.
To facilitate healthy relationships in a way that accomplishes WAY more than any one person could on their own.
It won’t come easy.
You can’t just dump people in a room together, give them an assignment, and expect teamwork...you’ve got to know what you’re doing.
Here’s an essential tip on how to build strong teams, starting with strong relationships.