Greetings. A few moments after the New England Patriots barely defeated the Baltimore Ravens to win the American Football Conference championship, star quarterback Tom Brady said during his first post-game interview:
"I sucked pretty bad today but our defense saved us."
It was a simple and very honest admission by one of the best players in the history of professional football. An admission that no matter how talented we might be, or how well we prepare, sometimes we just have bad days. But if we are lucky, our teammates cover for us. It's essential insight for our companies and organizations as we try to innovate, accomplish more with fewer resources and work to deliver greater value to those we have the privilege to serve.
We'd all like to be perfect every day. But sometimes things don't work out as we've planned. And that's just one of the reasons we need each other more than many of us are willing to admit. Because our collective genius is a lot more powerful than our individual abilities--even on our best days.
We win in business and in life when we always look out for each other. And when we are able to admit that we've had better days.
Cheers and have a great and collaborative week ahead!