Teamwork is a strategic decision. – Patrick Lencioni

It’s time to make a new choice, to hit Reset. No, I am not wishing for an early municipal election. That’s not teamwork, that’s giving up.

There is no “I” in “Team” – author unknown

As much as I myself have taken the bait, the time spent debating the mistakes of the past is time wasted. Brampton is a great place to live, with a lot of potential. There are so many opportunities to build on what we have, to improve the lives of all our residents, and take a city that is consistently the fastest growing city in Canada and make the world take notice that a suburb can be a livable and active and fulfilling place to live.

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people. – Steve Jobs

Any team can get caught up in losses. One of my favorite guilty pleasure movies is The Replacements, with Keanu Reeves. There’s a scene where the players talk through their fears. Football Neo (aka “Shane Falco”) talks about his fear of Quicksand:

You’re playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can’t move… you can’t breathe… because you’re in over your head. Like quicksand. (transcript courtesy of IMDB)

I, for one, do not wish to be dragged into the Quicksand. It’s too easy, and it accomplishes nothing. Wallowing in self-pity and playing the blame game is a sucker’s bet, for lack of a more graceful turn of phrase.

We need the whole squad, every player of the team, if we are to be successful. – Pep Guardiola

Whoever first said “Success is a Choice” was a genius in my books. Because success is a choice, and so is teamwork. And a cornerstone of teamwork is the realization that whether you win or lose, you win or lose as a team.  We all live here. If our city council succeeds or fails, it affects all of Brampton either way. We win or lose as a team.

“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Learning from our past is important. Doing better next time is important. But since excuses can’t change the past, we have to embrace every loss as nothing but a challenge to bring the team closer together, to rally, to come out fighting in the next round. Any other choice is a choice to fail. I prefer winning.

To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. – Tony Dorsett

So I’m hitting “Reset”. Bringing it back to the reason this blog exists: Ideas. Ideas to hold on to, to motivate, to inspire. Ideas for Brampton, for the future, for addressing opportunities and solutions that will unlock the next idea, solve the next problem, include the next person and make our proverbial table that much longer.

Let’s all choose to win. As a team.



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