Do you try to play the championship game with a team comprised of spectators?

Spectators like to watch.  They don’t want to get very involved in the strategy planning of the game.  They will cheer others on, and show up at the events, but they want to be a spectator.  They don’t want to do the hard work.  They don’t want to run the drills.  They don’t want to lift the heavy weights to get skilled enough to win the game.  They want to watch.

Same story, different platform.  Audience members would rather watch, then get on stage and perform.  Are you trying to pull off opening night with some audience members?  They haven’t shown up to rehearsals.  They haven’t studied the script.  They don’t know the lines, and yet, you are expecting them to give a star performance.

When it comes to business, the same is true.  There are players and performers, spectators and audience members.

Let the spectators be spectators.  Let the audience members be audience members.  Let them enjoy the game, the show.  Smile and thank them for coming.  Serve the spectators and be happy they came.  Having spectators makes playing the game more fun.  And if there’s no audience, then who are the performers entertaining?

And, get out there and start scouting for dream players and star performers.  Do you know what they look like?  Do you know their personality and character traits?  What about skillset and talent?  Is this important as well?  Do you know who they are?  If not, figure that out.  Because you can’t scout if you don’t know what you’re looking for.  Remain focused on your goal, and realize that you can’t win the championship with a team of spectators you’ve dragged onto the field.  And, you can’t have an award-winning performance with unskilled audience members you’ve begged to come up on stage.

Now, here’s a twist. What do you do with a spectator that says they want to be a player?  A good coach will encourage, and invite them to practices, and when they come, put them through the drills.  The coach teaches them strategy, and encourages them to learn the playbook.  They become a skilled player, and the coach puts them in the game.  Very simple path.

But, what if they show up to practices, but still want to sit on the sideline because they’re afraid?  Or, what if they aren’t showing up to practices? Or they show up to practices, but they aren’t participating and running the drills.  What if they aren’t learning the playbook, and they aren’t improving their game?  Or, they learned it, but want to run their own plays?  What would a good coach do?  Does this player get put in the game?  What would this do to the team?  Would the game be won? Should the coach spend all their time and energy with this one person, begging, pleading and continuously dragging them?  Would you?  Should you?

Are you scouting?