How silly would it be to pay top dollar to a person who’s known for taking the team to the playoffs and winning the championship game, if you don’t let them play? How many times have you found yourself on the sidelines wishing the coach would put you in to do what you have been hired to do. While you are sitting there, you are watching your team suffer a brutal loss brought by a coach whose pride will not let you in the game. A loss that has cost the team their potential livelihood, future, career and title.
In any business, it’s important to recognize your team players and your MVP. Each company has at least one. If you are lucky you have a few. When it comes time to put them in the game because it will benefit the team, you have to set aside personal hindrances such as emotions and grudges. If you want your team to win, you have to have the players in the game who have the team best interest at heart. You have to allow those players to take you to the championship.
Ask yourself, what does it benefit you to continue playing the game with the biggest losers? Why would you continue to repeat the same simple plays to people you constantly call incompetent and incapable of getting the ball to the goal. What does it benefit the team as a whole, when you fire the MVP, behind disagreements that did not directly relate to nor affect the growth of the team? This only makes sense when you can validate the decision by looking back on the track record and showing progress since the dismissal of the team MVP. When you cannot do that, you are not a good coach.
Our emotions are involved in business like everything else in our lives, whether those emotions are excitement, pride, pleasure, frustration, anger, or something more subtle. Sometimes people's good feelings allow deals to close quickly and on advantageous terms. Sometimes emotions block agreement, understanding, collaboration, decision-making and teamwork.
This is when what is called; “Swallowing your pride” comes in. So, you realized you have made a major mistake as a coach and a leader. You let your emotions make a decision even your heart was against. You let the team down by disconnecting the links. The team is begging you to bring the MVP back and even you want to but you are too prideful to ask. If you care anything about the team and the success of the team, you will take one for the team by getting that MVP back.