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Addition by subtraction

April 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Coaching

In my neck of the woods (Philadelphia area) there has been a lot of talk recently about the Eagles outright releasing wide receiver Desean Jackson.  Critics of the move have focused on a number of things but the big one tends to be that they (the Eagles) got rid of a highly talented player and got absolutely nothing in return. 

Really?  Nothing?  It seems to me they got a whole heck of a lot in return.  I see it as a case of “addition by subtraction.”

Some of you may have heard of the 80-20 rule.  In baseball it can mean that 80% of your productivity will come from 20% of your players.  The rule works the same way in a business.  About 80% of it’s productivity comes from about 20% of the workers.

It also means that 80% of your anxiety, headaches, problems, stress, and sleepless nights result from the actions of just 20% of the people you deal with.  In short, too often the trouble makers and the slackers take up way too much of your time and energy.

I’m all for giving kids second chances and guiding them into more mature behaviors.  I don’t think I could be a teacher/coach if I didn’t feel that way.  However, there comes a time when removing a player is the best approach.  When you subtract a player you often end up adding to things like team chemistry and cohesion.  You probably will even add to your sleep totals and overall sanity.

The Eagles may have subtracted a talented player but think of all the energy they now have to direct at more positive things and more positive players.

Addition by subtraction.  Sometimes it’s the best option available.

Tomorrow’s post: You are working too hard

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