my new dawn

the dream team

Posted on: November 13, 2011

the philadelphia eagles lose another one – this time to the arizona cardinals

it was supposed to be a gimme – a fairly predictable victory

surely the eagles – even with their mediocre record – were far too talented to lose to the 2 – 6 cardinals???

but lose they did

it reminds me of a story i read from a book entitled SECRETS OF GREATNESS – i think the story gives us some insight into the eagles’ situation

the story is about two rowing teams at West Point

the coach of the Army crew selected his 8 best dream team rowers and put them in one boat

and then 8 others into a second boat

after repeated competitions, it turned out the rowers from the second boat BEAT the dream team boat almost 70% of the time

how could that be?

turns out when you select the best individuals for a dream team, you have just that – the best INDIVIDUALS

doesn’t mean you have the BEST TEAM

the second boat team, feeling that they had nothing to lose, supported one another happily – and therefore obtained the most victories

the dream team members, however, harbored resentments towards one another over which one of them was better and which one could contribute more

perhaps an important lesson for the eagles to learn

by the way, the rowing coach did figure out a solution to the problem, and when he did, the dream team easily beat the second boat team over and over again


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