leadership, People, Team

What the #BlueBombers taught me about #leadership and #teams

Oh boy, every time I watch the Winnipeg Blue Bombers I learn something. Sometimes I learn sometime just by watching the game or listening to post game interviews. Recently I listened to an interview with Head Coach Tim Burke and it was a great learning experience. Unfortunately for Tim Burke it was an example of what I feel you should never do to your team.

Unfortunately Tim Burke is in the public eye. I’m sure if I was interviewed about my teams throughout the years there would be a couple of doozy quotes that I would love to take back. Many times we state something and it comes out in a way we never intended. That was probably the situation with Tim Burke in this interview.

The Interview

In the interview, Tim Burke stated that the one of the main causes of the poor record was a lack of talent.

Oh Boy.

My Thoughts

Was Tim Burke telling the truth? Maybe, Probably. But you don’t say those things outside the team. The team is an organization where you can  be honest within the bounds, but you never throw team mates under the bus. Even if a problem could be traced to some team members

I have been brought up to fundamentally believe one thing in regards to the teams I belong to.

You never separate yourself from the team. You never state that a problem exists because of those guys over there. In these situations, you are placing yourself above the team. I’m OK, it is those guys over there that have caused all of the losses. How are those guys now supposed to have your back? And I know athletes are paid handsomely, but deep down they are still human beings with feelings and motivations like all of us. Would any of us put the extra work in when a boss called us out of the carpet? Maybe yes, probably no.

I’ve been taught that leaders should hold the team sacrosanct. I’m not saying you lie to protect your team, but you certainly don’t separate yourself to paint yourself in a better light.

Don’t get me wrong, I not saying Tim Burke should pretend a lack of talent isn’t a partial cause. But it can be phrased that it is one cause of many and we all have contributed to where we are. Suddenly a moment that divides the team becomes a moment that unites the team.

My belief system was forged in the fire of making mistakes.

I’m sure Time Burke regrets what he said. I sure hope he does.

About Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio is passionate about his work as the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry oversees the governance on Information Technology projects to make sure the most important projects are being worked on in a consistent and effective way. Terry also provides leadership on the customized Project Methodology that is followed. The Project Methodology is a equal mix of Prince2, Agile, Traditional, and Business Value. Terry strives to bring Brutal Visibility, Eliminating Information islands, Right Sizing Documentation, Promoting Collaboration and Role-Based Non-Consensus, and short Feedback Loops to Minimize Inventory to the Agile Project Management Office. As a fan of pragmatic Agile, Terry always tries to determine if we can deliver value as soon as possible through iterations. As a practical Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional and Agile approaches. Terry is a fan of AWE (Agile With Estimates), the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why?

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