23 men from The Fort and The Rock Regions left the comfort of the fartsack to converge on ManU for workout no. 2 of the Nantan Summer Tour. Disclaimer was disclaimed and we were off. Here’s what we did.
Mosey to the fountain
- 25 SSHs (IC)
- 20 MNCs (IC)
- 15 Little Baby Arm Circles (IC)
- 10 Overhead Claps (IC)
- 25 Dips (OYO)
Mosey to TJ Maxx
Perform one exercise, run to the center, return for the next exercise. Repeat.
- LBCs (25 IC)
- Elbow Plank (1 minute)
- American Hammers (25 IC)
Diamond Merkins (10 IC)
Elvis Squat (1 minute)
Rosalita (25 IC)
- SSH (25 IC)
- Hillbilly Walkers (25 IC)
- Inch Worm Merkins (15)
- Plank Jacks (25 IC)
Today’s theme was “leadership.” At various points during the workout, Ponytail and I shared some quotes and thoughts about what it takes to be a strong leader.
- “A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.”
- Good leaders push you to be better. The greatest leader to walk this earth (Jesus) called together an unlikely group of men, built them up, and inspired them to literally change the world. Researcher Liz Wiseman refers to such leaders as multipliers because they amplify the talents and capabilities of those around them. The best leaders are humble and care passionately about their team, they are almost shockingly hard-edged. They see great things in their people, and they expect great things. We see this kind of exacting leadership in the way that Jesus offered blunt correction to his disciples (see Matthew 8:26; Matthew 14:31; Luke 9:46–48). Jesus loved his disciples, but he cared more about their development and their purpose than about their immediate comfort.
- “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”
- A leader steps up when the world steps out. That’s what we train for in F3. We strengthen our muscles so we can help out when a brother needs a hand. As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.
- “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”
- Leadership has the power to turn an army of sheep into a force that could defeat an army of lions. Being a lion is about being bold, about not backing down, about having the courage and belief in yourself and your abilities, and then taking that and looking to create the courage and belief in your team, and in their abilities. When your team has courage and belief they too become lions, and then they are capable of so much more.
After we finished Italian Job’s portion of the morning he passed the Q stick off to YHC and we moseyed over to the Events Center for a similar but different type of workout than the first portion of the morning. After everyone had assembled, YHC explained briefly to the PAX what leadership means to me. To me, leadership is about culture. A leader works to effectively build and instill a culture that allows people to achieve things they never thought possible & do more than they thought possible. Same applies to a team – a positive culture where guys lift each other up and encourage one another allows individuals to excel and for teams to excel. This culture is explained in a favorite quote of mine from Winston Churchill, one of the great leaders of the 20th century
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity – an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”
When you are confronted with a difficult situation, how do you react? Do you throw a pity party and say ‘wo is me’ or do you get about getting after it? Do you look beyond the difficulty and see it as an opportunity for personal growth, team growth, a better culture? How will this situation make me a better man, a better husband or a better father? How might God be glorified on the other end of this difficult time?
YHC then explained how the second portion of the workout would go. I asked each man to partner up with somebody they didn’t know or didn’t know well. Since we had several visitors from across the river this was easy. I wanted to incorporate some of the 2nd F into the morning and allow guys an opportunity to begin forging relationships because this is the glue that keeps everything together. I then explained that with your partner each man would perform the exercise at their station followed by a mosey around the building. Exercises included were burpees, LBC’s, flutters, seal jacks, SSH, CDD and squats. We got in 3-4 rounds and I heard & observed several guys talking one on one, engaging in personal conversation. Often times in a workout with 10, 15 or 20 guys this can be difficult so this worked out great. Time was running short so we moseyed back to the COT and picked up the six & finished right on time.
We closed out the morning with announcements from the Fort & the Rock regions which include:
- The Sweatie (cousin of the Yeti)
- Hog & Coyote this Saturday – come do something and ROCO for lunch after
- Guidance next Friday – Chicken Hawk & Ponytail co-Q
- Read your newsletter for the rest
We concluded with prayers and praises and the Name-o Rama. Altogether, we had 23 PAX and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to co-Q with Italian Job. It’s always an honor to lead.