I read something this morning in USAToday that sparked a thought. I was reading through the various Super Bowl stories and came across a piece on player movement on the Seattle Seahawks. This was what piqued my interest:
Michael Bennett had a more lucrative offer to leave the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent last March. But the standout defensive lineman chose to re-sign with the defending champions on a four-year, $28.5 million contract.
His logic was fairly simple.
“If you win, you’ll get more money,” Bennett said Wednesday. “If you’re a champion, people love you more. You get more stuff. You get to hang out. You get to be on TV.
“You can make a lot of money and be on a terrible team, and people don’t even recognize you.”
You may be thinking “what the heck does this have to do with my business, Keith?” but hear me out. Every one of us at some point gets the opportunity to change jobs. When we do so, I’d encourage each of us to approach it much the way Mr Bennett has. Look at the team and the possibility for long-term success. Being a member of a great team rubs off both in terms of how we’re perceived in the world as well as the standard to which we hold ourselves. Being the best player of a lousy team may make you financially rich but being a part of a champion team makes you richer beyond your wallet.
It’s also something we need to get our employees to consider. More money is great. Is it enough to make up for the damage to your reputation caused by being a member of a lousy business? What’s are the job prospects beyond the lucrative one? How long will the terrible team be in business? The onus is on us to run a championship team. The onus is on our employees to choose wisely.
Food for thought…