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Chase Field is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks (a team in Major League Baseball). To many fans, it remains BOB (Bank One Ballpark), its name until 2005. Yet regardless of the name, it is HOME to the Diamondbacks. It is where they play their home games. It is where they are the home team. Every professional sports team has a home, a home field, a home stadium, a home court, a home pitch. A home.
Today, my dad and I went to watch the Diamondbacks play a game. They were playing “at home.” I was able to watch the game with my dad because I was “home.”
There are advantages of playing at home. You’re familiar with the surroundings. You have a personal locker. You know the idiosyncrasies of the stadium (court, etc.). You get to stay at your own house, eat with your family. In some sports, there are other advantages. In baseball for instance, the home team gets to bat last. This provides a tremendous advantage.
Some of you, like me, may have several places you consider home or you may not feel like you’ve ever really had a home. Because of moving around a lot as a child and adult, I have several places that I consider home. Cebu. Arizona. California. West Virginia. South Carolina. Colorado. These places are “home” because of memories, because of family, and because of friends. I have “ties” to these places. Emotional bonds. Practical connections.
Organizations have “homes” as well. Global headquarters. Regional headquarters. Large campuses. A business executive may travel extensively, but eventually we come “home.” During the next week, I’ll be in 3 of my homes – Arizona (lived, worked, family), South Carolina (lived, worked, family, married, college), and Kentucky (global corporate headquarters).
Having a “home” (one or several), is important for the following reasons:
- Home is where you rest.
- Home is where you recharge.
- Home is where you prepare.
- Home is where you learn, observe, and practice key organizational behaviors.
- Home is a place to get encouraged.
- Home is where you develop and continually reassess values.
- Home is a safe place, where you’re protected.
- Home is a place to have fun and unwind.
- Home is a where you can check if your “walk” and “talk” are aligned. No one knows you better than your family at “home.”
World-class leaders who add value over the long-run, who make an impact, who weather the storms of life and keep serving others, know the importance of “home.”
You may not have come from a healthy home, but you can create a healthy home. This is true in your personal and professional lives. Recognize the importance of a strong home. Build an amazing home. Enjoy the fruits of a healthy home.
Where is “home” for you? How often do you go “home?” What do you do when you go “home?”
As always, the floor is open to your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and feedback.