The Patriots (and all of us) are a work in process
Back at the end of September on a Monday night, the New England Patriots were embarrassed on national television by the Kansas City Chiefs, 41-14. Following the game, many pundits and fans alike were throwing dirt on the caskets of the team, the coach, and the quarterback. In a spirited debate on the ultimate field of judgment, Facebook, I commented that “It’s a long season, and they usually improve over its duration, looking to peak in the playoffs.” Or something like that. Last night, thanks to birthday love from (Play)Joyce, we were seated 19 rows from the field at the 39 yard line as the woeful locals dominated arguably the best team in the league, the Denver Broncos, 43-21.
The win was satisfying and fun, and included this ridiculous catch by Rob Gronkowski, but probably doesn’t mean much. As Patriots coach Bill Belichick deadpanned after the game, “We got a long way to go,” and “Seven wins doesn’t get you much in this league.” His message is that the team needs to keep improving, because the competition will. I fully expect the Broncos to rebound from this and be competing in the AFC championship game. They have too much talent, and are too well coached to think otherwise. They’ll overcome adversity the way the Patriots have, and these two teams could face each other again in January.
Businesses and employees are no different. If we don’t continually improve, there will be other “players” that will take our jobs, and other “teams” that will out-compete us. Do you strive to constantly improve yourself, your teams, and the performance you get out of your systems, like enterprise software? Using a Kronos system as an example:
- Are your employees using it as they should?
- Do they know how to use it effectively?
- Is the system optimized for your business of today, which is likely different than when you implemented?
- Does your IT department have the time to manage it? What could they be doing to improve your critical business systems if you let Kronos manage Kronos?
When you consistently work hard to improve yourself and your team, good things happen, though you should have reasonable expectations. Like you probably won’t be making catches like this without hurting yourself.