Earlier this week, I posted this on The New Work Ethic: Part II.  Then, I wrote the following on Facebook, with respect to the recent World Championship run of the Gushue Rink.

Here is a thought. Whether you love, hate or are indifferent to curling. Whether you care or could not care less about Brad Gushue and his Team. What if we each approached our lives and choice of work with that level of #excellence. To arise from a very small community of competitive curlers and not only compete on the world stage but own it, with sheer practice and excellence? What if? What if indeed? What if we brought that to our families, our studies, our work, our play, our business, our community? Practice makes excellence and excellence is a journey not a destination. You can own your journey or forego it. You can watch excellence or claim it for yourself. Your choice. But never deny or forget that it requires work. Congrats to Team Gushue, Team NL, Team Canada and, now, Team World.

I offer this up as the entire Team noted are Millennials.  With that in mind, we noted in the aforementioned and very recent LinkedIn post that:

  • Elders value orderliness, respect and honor.
  • Boomers find strength in idealism, honor and cooperation.
  • Gen X values initiative, independence and zeal.
  • Gen Y believes in cooperation, confidence and honesty.

It seems to me that the Gushue Rink has demonstrated and manifested and championed all of these qualities.  Practice requires Orderliness… not to mention Respect and Honor for the game that is Curling.  Indeed, I was the Manager of the Curling Club when Brad started in the game… and while I do not know him personally, I can surmise that he possessed and practiced Idealism to believe that in some 10+ years he and they could reach Olympic Gold status and in some 20+ years he and they could reach World Championship status; from a very small curling community.  The team must have shared in such too; not to mention the Honor they gave to one another and their respective talents and the Cooperation that makes for great teams.

  • Initiative?  Yes.
  • Independence?  Absolutely.  It is that type of sport.
  • Zeal and Confidence?  Most assuredly.
  • Honesty?  Teams demand it in bringing the right people together and in consulting on and off the ice.

My point this morning is that these Millennials share in the strengths across Generations.  Maybe this is a starting point to consider crafting a new and universal work ethic in which the generations each find a home.  Maybe we make that new work ethic character driven, as the basis of unity.  Our actions and styles may be different but we can find strategic unity in the character of work.  For the Gushue Rink, Team NL, Team Canada and Team World… me thinks it has much to do with:

orderliness, respect, honor, idealism, cooperation, initiative, independence, zeal, confidence and honesty.

We will continue the conversation in the next few posts; exploring a new and more universal work ethic for school, work, business and community.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.



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