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 has worked for Protegra for 14+ years because of the professionalism, people, and culture. Terry started as a software developer and found his technical calling in Data Architecture. Terry has helped to create Enterprise Operational Data Stores and Data Warehouses for the Financial and Insurance industries. Along the way Terry discovered that he enjoys helping to build teams, grow client trust and encourage individual career growth, completing project deliverables, and helping to guide solutions. It seems that some people like to call that Project Management. As a practical Data Modeller and Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Data Modelling and Agile. Terry considers himself a born again agilist as Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles has made him once again enjoy Software Development and believe in what can be accomplished. Terry is a fan of Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles, the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, Operational Data Stores, 4th Normal Form, and asking why

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