Tuesday, May 29, 2012

You Can't Win the Race Without...


It has been an exciting three weeks of cycling with the Giro d'Italia and the Tour of California both taking place this month. After many days of hard racing, neither race was decided until the very end.

In the Tour of California, Robert Gesink won the Stage 7 finish atop Mt. Baldy as well as put himself in position to win the overall with only one day remaing. In the Giro d'Italia, it was settled on the last day, mano a mano between Ryder Hesjedal and Joaquim Rodriguez.

However, in both cases, neither Gesink nor Hesjedal would've been in the position to win the race if it weren't for teammates.

Often overlooked and under appreciated (unless you are the guy for whom they are working), the other six or seven guys on your team were there to get their team leader to the finish line. Whether it was Christian Van de Velde of Garmin pulling for kilometers up the Stelvio pass or someone dropping back into the caravan to get bottles from the team car, each rider had a role to play and a hand in their teammate's victory.

This same analogy can been seen in successful businesses. No one person can do it all. It takes a team, pulling together with a single purpose that delivers success. The sales rep may be the "team leader" but, if he is to be successful, he needs a strong supporting cast to aid him in his victory.

In business and in sport, it is proven time and again that you cannot win the race without the help of others to put you in the position to utilize your strengths when it is most important. Surround yourself with a strong team and you most certainly will taste success.

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