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I am so excited about the start of college football, I can’t contain myself. I can’t wait for the action, the drama, the intrigue, and the competition. Most importantly, I can’t wait to see who will become the Impact Players for their teams.
 
Impact Players are athletes who become difference makers for their team. These are players who have the work ethic, commitment and attitude that matches or exceeds their physical abilities. Impact Players also have prepared themselves in advance for their opportunity to shine. When Impact Players get in the game, they perform at the highest level. They can single-handedly change the outcome of a football game.
 
When it comes to the workplace, I believe there are Impact Players who can change the culture of the organization. As you think about your role on your team in the context of Impact Players, are you a person that is a difference-maker? Are you changing the culture in your organization? When things go wrong, when the drama rises, or when the competition is the greatest…do you show up? Are you an Impact Player?
 
In my 23 years in healthcare, government, and politics, I have worked with some significant Impact Players. Some people will say that I have been an Impact Player in healthcare and politics as well. After years of experience and research, I know what it takes to be an Impact Player. I want to offer you three ways to evaluate if you are an Impact Player:
 

  1. Leading by Example: Do you tell people what to do, or do you show them how it’s done? In other words, do you lead by example? Impact Players always lead by example.
     
  2. Inspiring Action: Do your actions inspire and motivate others to perform at higher levels? Impact Players are so inspiring in their work, their attitude and work ethic becomes
    contagious to others on the team. Their teammates don’t want to let the leader down, so the team performance level increases.
     
  3. Finishing the Job: Do you show up when it counts? When the spotlight gets the brightest and when everything is on the line? Are you waiting for others do their part, or do you make sure the job gets done? Impact Players always show up to finish the job.

 
I encourage you to focus on how you can become the difference-maker in your organization. Your team needs you to be an Impact Player. When you become an Impact Player, you can change the outcome for the people you serve.
 
Here’s to Becoming an Impact Player,
 
Anton
 
PS – If you want to learn more keys on how inspire action and create a lasting impact on your team, check out my book, The Presidential Principles.

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