The definition of dysfunction: deviation from the norms of social behavior in a way regarded as bad.
Based on that definition, my family has suffered from a severe dysfunction for several generations. Finally, in the wee hours of the morning on November 3rd that dysfunction came screeching to a halt and was cured with seven words that created more jubilation than any other in recent memory.
Even today, it is hard to believe it. I lived through ’69, ’84. ’89, and ’03. Those teams all had talent and a good chance to win it all. Talent aside, taking a deeper look at why this team was able to overcome 108 years of failures and near misses, I hit upon one thing that I felt was decidedly different about this team.
Theo, Jed, and Joe. Especially Joe.
I stumbled upon this blog (http://kevinsheridanllc.com/2016/11/employee-engagement-chicago-cubs/) and it really struck a chord with me. Why? These seven principles that Kevin Sheridan deftly illustrates through the example of the Cubs championship season, when applied to business, can create a championship-caliber company. While I think that most would agree with the first five principles, the last two principles might be where many companies come up a little short. Have Fun. Celebrate. Sure your company will see the “win” on its’ financial statements, but what fun is winning when your whole team doesn’t enjoy the journey and celebrate victories along the way?
To quote another successful Chicago sports leader, Ozzie Guillen, “Winning is fun and fun is winning!”
Keep this in mind the next time our company experiences a win. Have Fun. Celebrate. You should see spike in employee engagement and team work if you celebrate effectively.