WHAT’S THE SCORE?
By Coach Dave Daubenmire
February 10, 2011
Boy, did last week’s commentary ever strike a nerve. My inbox was stuffed with “atta baby’s” from those who have had it up to their eye balls with the Blind Guides standing in America’s pulpits.
Usually when I write one of those scathing indictments of the pastors I get a bevy of emails from the loyal wives of the pastors bravely sticking up for their weak husbands. They love to tell me what a “good man” their husband is, and how “demanding” the job of being a pastor really is. I am often scolded that I “wouldn’t be talking that way” if I ever had to please my own flock and realize what an impossible task that was.
“You oughta try coaching,” I love to tell them. Trying to please your team is the fastest way to get one’s butt fired. The burden of leadership is a heavy one, and most great leaders are not, and never will be, “people pleasers.”
At the end of the day, no one gives a hoot in hell whether or not you made folks happy. The legacy of leadership lives in the lives of those whom you have impacted. Philosophy is important, but it is results that matter. Or as Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis famously said, “Just Win, Baby.”
That is the life of a Coach. Just Win, Baby.