What number is on your team jersey?

I once heard someone say, “the number on the jersey doesn’t make the player, but the player makes the number on the jersey”. When I was in high school, I wore number 14 and was extremely proud because it gave me an identity as a member of our team. When this number was called, I knew it was me and I had a responsibility to wear it with excellence. As a parent, I added numbers from my kid’s teams such as 5, 22, and 33… When I saw the number, I thought of my children. The number 14 is still symbolic for me today even when it’s different season of life…it’s my number! Today, I use it to number some of the important life lessons I have learned on my journey and want to pass on to others including my children and grandchildren.

Have you thought about some of the lessons you want to hand down to your children?  Here is what I have shared with my family:

  1. Do your best…
  2. Believe in yourself…
  3. Learn from your failures…
  4. Dream big…
  5. Family first…
  6. Smile…
  7. Live by values…
  8. Keep a journal…
  9. Set goals…
  10. Take vacations…
  11. Build friendships…
  12. Be positive…
  13. Serve others…
  14. Pray daily…

What about your employees or team members?

How are you sharing life lessons and history with your team members? Many companies use values statements to let employees and guest know “who” they stand for when serving both the internal and external customer. At Armstrong Relocation, we often talk about the importance of our DNA principles that have been in the organization for more than 60 years. We have it posted on our walls, and share in weekly communication. Our DNA is made up of 7 elements.

  1. Unity
  2. Attitude
  3. Relationships
  4. Communication
  5. Integrity
  6. Generosity
  7. Value

So, if we had an Armstrong Jersey, we would all wear the number 7!

At DallasHR, we have 5 guiding principles that guide our decision-making process. We communicate the values below for all our members, volunteers, our guests:

  1. Service
  2. Integrity
  3. Collaboration
  4.  Excellence
  5. Compassion

DallasHR jersey would display the number 5!

Think about it. The number you wear has meaning. Many times, it’s a favorite player, or the number your child wears. You are super proud of it and wear it with pride. Now think about other things that are important to you and put a number on it. Think about what’s important you both on (work) and off (home) the field and write down some of your values to share with others.

In my book, Find Your Lane, I shared the following excerpt: “When your values are clear, your choices are easier in both your career and in your personal life.”

Do you know your company values by heart? If not, ask someone to share what’s most important and write them down. Maybe it’s time for you to take the lead in sharing who you are as a leader, and who your company is for others. It’s our responsibility to represent who we stand for and model it for others.

So, what’s your favorite number? Share in comments below… and what it means to you!

Quote of the week:“Friends can influence the choices you make. But in the end, you are the one making the choice.” Excerpt from Find Your Lane by Bruce W Waller

Call to Action: What’s your values? You can have one, two, or 10… The fewer you have, the easier it will be to remember. Write them down and share with others on your team at home or at work. Display them proudly and model for others!

This has been A Relocation Minute on “What’s your team number?” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” available on amazon.

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