Tony Romo Demonstrates Leadership – The Essence of Meritocracy

Written by:  Tim Saumier, CEO

With all that has been happening over the past month relative to politics I thought would share something that struck me this week as a proper approach to dealing with a difficult situation. Hard to believe I’m talking about Tony Romo – For those of you that do not follow football – he is or was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for the past decade. He took the helm from Drew Bledsoe (if you remember from our last write up he was the QB displaced by Tom Brady in New England). Tony Romo is a guy who has been plagued with injuriesromo2 over his career and seemed to be the leader of a team that always fell short of their expectations. Well, earlier this year, Tony Romo was injured again and they had to turn to rookie QB Dak Prescott who was unproven. Fast forward to today and Dak has led the team to 9 wins & 1 loss while Tony Romo has been healing. He has brought leadership and hope to this organization. For the past 6 weeks the media has been trying to drive a wedge into the Cowboys organization by questioning who would be the QB when Tony Romo came back.

Tony Romo addressed it in a 6 minute press conference this week – It’s worth the WATCH

I’ve never been a fan but I have a new found respect for Tony Romo who demonstrated true leadership, what it means to be humble, and sharing with people what I believe is a true failure in our society today. He shared that professional football is a meritocracy. What is meritocracy – According to Wikipedia: “it is a political philosophy holding that power should be vested in individuals almost exclusively based on ability and talent.romo3 Advancement in such a system is based on performance measured through examination and/or demonstrated achievement in the field where it is implemented.” He goes on to say that you have to earn it each and every week in the NFL.

My question is, “What if we all took that approach and attitude in life?”

Yes we should be recognized for what we did yesterday but we should never expect to be given something for nothing. We have to come out each day and bring the best attitude & effort we can and EARN what we want. Instead, over the last decade our society seems to be moving steadily toward one where people expect something for nothing. In a sense, welfare. Don’t get me wrong, I believe there are people that need to be helped and we are called to help them but we need to not only give to them but to walk with them and help them get on their own feet. There will always be people that will need assistance (some short-term & some long-term) and it is our responsibility to care for them. The people I’m talking about are the ones that think the world/their family/society/the government/their employer owes them something. You are not owed anything except the wonderful opportunity to get out of bed each day and make a choice on what you will do with your day.

So I end this month’s write-up with a tip of the hat to Mr. Romo. romo4Thank you for taking time to share this with everyone.

This is just one man’s opinion and I’d appreciate your thoughts.

PS – it’s great time of year to stop, reflect and remember to be thankful. While things may seem insurmountable at times, be thankful for the small things. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

You can find me on LinkedIn and at Twitter you can find me at @timsaumierTI.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at www.TYGES.com, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

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