Rivals Part I

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“Rivalry of scholars advances wisdom.”

–     Hebrew proverb

Tonight, The Tallest and his teammates take the court against their arch-rival high school.  Monday night (Part II coming on Monday), the 13-time-World-Champion Green Bay Packers travel to their arch-rival’s city to play a key matchup.

We all have rivals.  In business, in sports, in whatever competition we’re engaged.

When rivalries bring out the best in both sides, “wisdom is advanced,” each side gets stronger, the fans / supporters become more connected and the game is more fun to watch or engage in.

In times of great change, it can become easy to believe we have rivals within our own team.  I suppose sometimes we even might have rivals within our own team.

Leadership’s job is to make sure that internal rivalries serve the greater good, and advance wisdom, commerce, growth or whatever the good side of “The Force” intends.

In healthy rivalries, competitors make each other better.

The Tallest and his teammates are very, very good this year.  Their rival will try to play slow, play “ugly” and play in a manner that favors them.  Both coaches like each other.  Many of the kids play together in summer ball.  Tonight’s rivalry game should be a good one.

It’s will be a great one if both rivals allow the rising tide to lift all participants — and the same is true wherever we’re “competing” today, as Difference Makers.

 


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