Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Start With Who You Can

I'm doing a team coaching session for one of the GCC young adult teams later next week. It's a team that is going to India with AMoser and they need a little bit of help. Not a lot, but a little. I was a little hesitant to get too involved, but I really want them to succeed. And if you can avoid a train wreck... not saying they would be a train wreck. Anyway, I digress.

I've got a series of posts dealing with team preparation [also in the sidebar on the right.] It's a good set of resources. But if you are getting started with a team, you

.... must ..... get...... started....

You must initiate, drive, compel, begin, move, gather, invite. You must take the first step. You must start.

We deal with this every single summer. School schedules, after school sports, kids with jobs, leaders away at college, final exams. It's difficult logistically. But departure dates are static entities - they don't move, whether you are ready or not.

The principle is 'start with who you can.' The rest will follow. Have your gathering when most are available. Make your gathering awesome. If it is truly valuable - mold them together as a team with good interaction, give them a vision for more than just the trip, grow a tangible skill they achieve at - the rest will be really sorry they missed it. And they won't miss the next one.

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