I won’t be in Seattle today for parade and celebrations, but I can only imagine how alive and energizing that will be. The last time Seattle won a national title I was there. But unlike the FOX news report stated, it wasn’t 1979 – no, the Seattle Storm, Women’s NBA team took the title in 2010 and 2004. Boy, I was disappointed that FOX omitted the women’s accomplishments, but that is not the point of today’s post.
No, I love the Seahawks because as a team, they are doing something very different. For anyone who didn’t catch the ESPN Sports Illustrated Article in August 2013, let me just share, that the Seahawks are modeling everything I believe (and consult about) to be true about teams.
If you want people to play together, you need to stop treating them like objects, let them be whole people, meaning bring their full-selves to what they do: mind, body, emotion and spirit. Teams are greatest when there are diverse personalities, open dialogue, healthy conflict and clarity around vision. That is true in sports, it’s true in business, in organizations of every kind – even in couples and families.
What the Seahawks have created is a Smart and Healthy team and organization. Now they have a championship title to endorse this approach. I am hoping that Superbowl title will get people to see that being a whole person instead of just a useful object and leaning in to differences and healthy conflict not only makes life and work more fulfilling but creates great results!
Even on a personal note, this Seattle Seahawk season has been significant. Yes, I’ve been a Seahawk fan since I lived in Seattle and enjoyed the last run to the Superbowl in 2006. But this year my entire family have become Seahawks fans. Now that may not seem like a big deal, but let me just say, we have not agreed on many things. Plus, I would definitely say my family is known more for it’s intellectual milestones than its athletic ones.
However, our differences did not fracture us. We got some great support when we were at odds and not speaking. We were offered a different path, one where each of us could be whole and valued. So instead of letting those differences tear us a part, we learned to respect each others story and find a new common ground. That wasn’t easy, and it took courage on the part of everyone. No, there were no big parades or celebrations for our family effort. Still, in terms of AHA! Moments and life changing efforts, our family work was as good as it gets in terms of ROI.
In some ways, this Seahawk season has been an odd collective journey for us. Everyone in my family has been wearing Seahawk gear and watching all the games. We talk about our favorite players and don’t always agree on who’s best or how to support the team. No, we are still quite different in our styles and opinions. We all have different reasons for loving the Seahawks and that just seems to fit.
The Seahawks aren’t made up of just one type of personality – neither are we. Oddly, it is those differences and the respect for those differences that makes the Seahawks and us great!
I’ll just end by saying:
Whole People (body, mind spirit & emotions) + Whole Teams (Healthy Conflict) = Great Results!
It’s not easy but it is worthwhile it in so many ways!!