One of our goals as leaders should be to create a consistent philosophy and personality through our organization. One of the keys to that is continuity in your staff.
Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris said about the Clemson football staff
Continuity in a staff is critical to maintaining consistency on the field.
Continuity on the staff should produce consistency on the field.
When your players are on the field of play you want your players calling audibles, but having the same philosophy.
My wife was an Administrator of a Christian School. We were talking one day about creating culture in the school. She was listening to a conversation one of her teachers had with a parent. The advice she would have given the parent was in line with the philosophy of the school. The teacher had called an incredible audible.
Coach Morris put it best,
Standards and schemes can be passed down internally without any major shifts to philosophy and personality.
Any time we have a player or coach with a different philosophy you will have an undercurrent. Believe me, none of us are immune to having a different philosophy.
How do we know we are getting through to our team? Listen to the audibles called on the field of play or listen to the philosophy you communicate. Are you communicating that philosophy consistently?
A team from our church recently went to Church of the Highlands for Grow Intensive. It was amazing how the philosophy of the leader was intertwined through each person speaking. You would hear “catch phrases” and “talking points” (I don’t like to use that catch phrase – talking points). Here are some of them.
- Life giving ministry starts from the ground up not the top down.
- We don’t want something from you we want something for you.
- You are called to make and eternal difference with a group of people making a difference.
- You were made for this.
So, if your players aren’t calling the right audibles it could be that they have their own philosophy which creates an undercurrent or it could be that we aren’t communicating ours properly. These are keys to experiencing life giving ministry.