Are You a Ball Player?

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 Ball Player??

Guest Post By Archie McNab

A few days ago I was talking to an older guy that I admire and respect greatly.  I was helping him out, setting tiles on his patio and front steps. It is time consuming work that requires some degree of concentration to make sure that the tiles remain straight, and that the overall appearance is pleasing to the eye. This gentleman has long been ‘retired’ so he had time to chat with me once I had the lines laid out and work underway. He told me an interesting story about being a ball player.

Ball Player

When he was younger, one of his jobs was as a captain of a tow boat working the northwest Pacific coast. The job often took him away from home for days or even weeks at a time. Some of the water that he was navigating has a history of being particularly nasty, especially in the late fall and winter months when violent storms blow in making the seas very rough. He shared his duties as a tug boat captain with another fellow that I will call Mike.  Mike was a little different, he wasn’t a big fan of hard work and as a result, my friend would often get his tug (tow boat) back, poorly maintained and often very, very dirty. My friend explained to Mike that really the business of running the tow boat was very similar to being on a ball team. Everyone has to chip in and help out in order to win a game. No one person can win a game all on their own, sooner or later you are going to need the help of other ball players.

Mike didn’t see it that way at all, and soon he was calling in sick whenever there was a nasty run to make and my friend was working ridiculously long shifts, much to the dismay of his wife and children. He spoke to Mike again in the kindest way possible, and Mike reported to their employer that my friend was hassling him and making his life difficult. Sound like any ball players you know? Things continued on this way well into the fall and then in winter the towing business slowed way down. Suddenly, Mike was interested in sharing shifts and taking the less desirable trips.

My friend was approached by his employer who told him that he would like my friend to give up some of his shifts to Mike. Their line of reasoning was that Mike had a family to support.  This really rankled my friend who also had a family of his own to support.  He told his employers that if Mike had been fair in any way, shape or form, then he would be more than willing to play ball with him. However, as my friend pointed out, Mike wasn’t a ball player. Mike was very much a me first kind of guy and his team only had one player….himself.

I wonder how many of us have teams like that? Ones that are so small that we can send thoughts to the rest of the team without using an email. If this describes you, then it’s time to re-evaluate your position and make the needed corrections. Don’t end up like Mike with no other team members and a sad story to have to tell your family at home.

PS   My friend began to share shifts with Mike after a few weeks, but Mike quickly decided that being a team player is just too much trouble and he quit to take a job on dry land.                                                                        

Till Next Time….

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4 Responses to “Are You a Ball Player?”

  1. Dagmar Wichary Says:

    It is the same in a network marketing company, if you do not work together as a team, you will fail. Some people just are not a team player.
    I like your guest post Archie.


    sigrid Reply:

    Thanks so much Dagmar- Archie



  2. Damayanthi Says:

    I believe team work play an important role in life, work and business. In other words you need to be a ball-player if you want to be successful.

    Thanks for sharing

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    sigrid Reply:

    I agree totally Damayanthi!



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