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Coach, Play The Bench!

Bible Reference: Body of Christ

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.  1 Corinthians 12:27-28 NIV

Why do leaders, just as coaches, need to play their bench?


Coaches can learn a lot about a player by seeing how they perform in an actual game.  They also need to have people on the bench ready to play in case they lose one of their players.

Leaders of organizations need to be doing the same thing.  Pressing inexperienced individuals into pressure situations can be educational for both the individual and the leader.  Don’t just let the veterans do everything, because you never know when you might lose one of them.

Different Gifts

Coaches realize all players are different and possess different special gifts.  In first Corinthians 12, Paul uses the same analogy to describe the body of Christ.  We all have different spiritual gifts and need to be using them.

The same applies to our teams.  Everyone has strengths; it’s leadership’s responsibility to identify and encourage the use of those gifts by our staff.


Often the players on the bench push the players on the floor to do their very best.  The players in the game know that if they don’t work hard, play smart and mistake free, the coach may very well replace them with a bench player.

Accountability in our organizations should be no different.  The culture should be in place that expects maximum effort from all individuals…even if you’re on the bench.


The Youth Vs. The Experienced

Bible Reference: Proverbs

The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair. Proverbs 20:29

This verse is short…but it tells a lot.  It’s important to consider that there is value in both the young and the old.

You are leading someone that is younger or older than you…how do you find success?

Trust Each Other

The Baby Boomers are still a large portion of the workforce, and are slow to trust someone half their age…especially if that person is their boss!!  The same can be said for much of Generation X.   I can personally remember going the extra mile for Baby Boomers, trying to build their trust, only to have them become more skeptical of me because I was treating them extra nice.  Frustrating.

Why did this happen?  It’s really not about treating each other extra special as it is about having respect.  The verse above references gray hair; I assume that’s referring to experience.  When we’re young we often think we know it all.  Having a “know it all” approach is not constructive when trying to garner support from an older generation.

Respect is a two way street.  If it’s only the younger generation respecting the more experienced…there will definitely be a breakdown.  We need the strength of the youth too, and that energy is something to be appreciated.


The older generation believes in total honesty, and often will not trust individuals who don’t subscribe to this policy. Sometimes we don’t comprehend how important this is…even on the small issues.  Baby Boomers want to hear the truth, even when the truth hurts.

The youth and experienced don’t have to just co-exist; they need to come together as one.

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