After some fairly heavy rain Friday afternoon, the clouds cleared out and the temperature dropped to an appropriate reading for fall football. The Tigers won 46-40, but that wasn’t the best part of the night.
I had plenty of help in trying to give them the Massillon experience. A group of friends invited us to their tailgate, where we had Kraus’ Pizza, John George’s subs, and tiger tails from Liebermann’s Bakery (all Massillon institutions). Another friend invited us to tour the press box and Booster Club meeting room, which is full of Tiger history. And, we even ducked on the field for a quick photo with the inflatable Obie.
I believe that everyone had a great time.
But, I also learned an important lesson as we took in the evening. Outside perspectives are important. As I wrote earlier, I’ve been going to games at the stadium for two decades. I’ve seen the sights and even take them for granted. Sometimes we come late or leave early, we never tailgate, and we’re so used to the scoreboard and fireworks that we don’t really notice them. But, on Friday my friends helped me see everything like it was the first time.
The same true with projects. Make room on your team for members who are removed from the work or problem that the project is to address. Sure, it’s important to get the input of those most impacted, but if you bring in someone who doesn’t deal with the subject matter every day, you’ll benefit from their reactions, questions, and advice.
And, if you’re looking for a teambuilder, nothing beats a high school football game. Especially in Massillon, Ohio.
Don’t forget to celebrate with some fireworks.