Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Put Me In Coach

Today is Game 1 of the 2010 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers.  Having spent time with the Rangers in 2005 (ok, I was only on the grounds crew) they are obviously the team I am pulling for to win, but more on that in a minute.

First things first...I really like the song "Young Man's Town" by Vince Gill for essentially one reason.  There is a lyric in the song that serves as a great reminder for all leaders that says, "Sometimes you gotta stand back and watch them (referring to younger musicians in this case) burn it to the ground, even though you built it, it's a young man's town."  I think the reason this jumped out at me is because I recently read an article from Ed Stetzer with a similar thought about older leaders (sometimes not) working with younger leaders.  I find myself stuck in the middle on this one.  On one hand I consider myself a young leader as I turned 31 in April.  On the other hand, I lead many people who are younger than myself and I have a responsibility to equip them to be future leaders.  Either way, the above resources are food for thought regardless of where you are in your leadership journey.

Now back to baseball to close.  Another reason why I like the Texas Rangers is the story of grace and redemption that surrounds Josh Hamilton.  The Lord has given him the biggest stage in baseball to now share his powerful story with the world.  Go Josh and Go Rangers! 

And for all the baseball fans reading this I leave you with the John Fogerty baseball (and quite possibly leadership) classic.

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