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As Aspiring Champions We Have to “Sweat the Small Stuff!”

I had to go to Barnes & Noble tonight to pick up the Sports Illustrated 2010 Major League Baseball Preview edition because a colleague suggested I read the story about the Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay. It was suggested because Halladay’s story, I was told, fits with my Champion metaphor for business (I’ll write more about that at a later time).

On the way out of the store I noticed a display of books in the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” brand, which has a slew of versions of “Small Stuff” books.

The sub-title of the original “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” book is “And It’s All Small Stuff.”

Now I have to admit I’ve never read any of the books, and also admit I probably should because on the surface its a much needed life philosophy since soooooooo many people make mountains out of molehills and disaster fantasize to the point of complete dysfunction.

However, I also believe that it is counter to my philosophy of being a Champion in business and life. Champions sweat the small stuff. Champions become Champions by focusing on and sweating the fundamentals. It’s all about attention to detail and diligently following through on the details.

But, as with most things in life its all about balance. Too much of a good thing or too much sweating the small stuff leads to dysfunction.

It is one of the great paradoxes of success in all aspects of life and business. And, the Champions in business and in life will be the ones that can effectively navigate those paradoxes.

So, to add to the ‘small stuff’ that we all have to sweat are those paradoxes.

Those that excel at mastering the paradoxes of life (this is just one of them, another is balancing the old paradoxical adages “look before you leap,” but “he who hesitates is lost.”) raise the likelihood of becoming Champions!

Are you sweating the small stuff to create a Champion Organization with the right balance so as to not drive your team members crazy?

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