After this weekend's Superbowl smackdown of the Denver Broncos, a lot of coaches, teams, team owners and team managers around the country are sitting around flabbergasted, with their thumbs up their backsides, and wondering how to replicate the success of the Seattle Seahawks--a team made up of free agents and "nobody wanted" draft picks. Heck, Coleman (the deaf player) wasn't even drafted. Seattle picked him up. Even the MVP of the entire game was a seventh round draft pick. Seventh round!
In short, Seattle flipped the script, capitalized on individual strengths, and created a literal game changer: a relatively "new" model in the NFL. Seattle's success was built on a few years of not seeking a couple of shining stars, nor asking players to be something they're not, but instead by putting players in place where they shine most, feel most at home, and have the most to offer to the team. Instead of penalizing them for their weaknesses, they looked at their strengths, and invested in those strengths. Fifty-some players, each with their own talents to bring to the whole.
Over twenty-some years in nursing, and it still seems nurses as they come out of school are woefully unprepared to "know themselves," and are instead groomed to tell prospective employers what they want to hear. I've long lamented the fact that nursing schools do not hone in on a person's strengths, but rather spit them out the other side--oftentimes meaning they end up as a square peg in a round hole.
Over the years I've seen incredibly talented people be chucked out the window like a banana peel. I really hope better for the younger generation. I would like to see nurses--from the prerequisite hopefuls, to the newly graduated, to the newly hired--be groomed to their strengths right out of the gate. And in turn, instead of constantly penalizing staff, focusing on shortcomings and creating a culture of fear (interspersed with rah-rah-sis-boom-bah-team-building exercises), I'd like to see hospitals invest in putting round pegs in round holes.
Perhaps I'm a dreamer, and perhaps a little unrealistic, but that's what they said about the Seahawks.