Usually, family dinners around our house can get pretty interesting. Our three kids can turn anything into a gun, a paint brush or a dance-off for that matter. To make things even more eventful we even take them out to a restaurant! That’s when things can get wicked crazy really fast!
Week after week, JLo and I scour the list of dinning options in our heads as if we were deciding on who should be the recipient of the atomic bomb known as the offspring. Our weekly dinning victim has become Buffalo Wild Wings. Like most people I love the walls of TVs, the numerous sauce options and the fact that 90% of the menu is chicken. After all, Buffalo Wild Wings is like the adult version of a chicken nugget happy meal. The kids, well, they love the toy raffle, free ice cream sundaes and yes…the chicken. But this week was a little more interesting than normal.
Without notice our waiter took off running toward the door jumping over tables like Superman would leap tall buildings. The hostess stood frantically waiving her arms as if she was ushering in a 747 during an emergency landing. Another waitress took off out the door with her pen and paper in hand yelling something. And, glancing out the window, I could see a black car speeding away; passenger door still open and a lady trying to jump into the quickly accelerating vehicle.
The staff was undeterred to apprehend the couple as they set their plans in motion to dine and dash. The staff banded together as if they were the Justice League themselves; each using the powers to take down the evil that was at-hand.
As the staff stood congratulating each other I started thinking about teamwork. Here are a couple of thoughts that came to mind…
1. People will rise to the occasion.
Most people, when faced with a challenge, will rise to the occasion and reach beyond themselves. Once the objective is clear excuses go out the door. Given the opportunity they’ll blow your mind.
2. Common goals are the ultimate motivator.
A clear objective is very empowering. When the team has an obstacle in front of them they will generally pull together their super powers to overcome the insurmountable and unavoidable destruction.
3. You never know who will leap tall buildings.
Let’s be honest..all of us struggle with assumption. We think Superman is the strongest, Batman is the coolest and Aquaman is a waste of time but in reality Aquaman might just be the one who saves the day.
You know who they are, the volunteer who is seemingly disconnected or uncommitedly committed. The individual who seems to aimlessly wonder through the halls of the office and is constantly 10 minutes late for every event. Yet, that same individual might be the very person who, when confronted with the challenge, will surprise you with unequaled dedication and a bulldog mentality that refuses to quit.
Keep an open mind, communicate clearly and keep some extra capes in your desk drawer.