Reib Law October 2019

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OCTOBER 2019

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weekdays and weekends, but I was also excited. I knew that if I prioritized really well, I could make it all happen. I learned a lot about prioritization in the process. When it’s soccer season, I have to be even more structured with my day. Anything that needs to get done that day is prioritized, and I tackle it first. If I can’t get to something, it goes to my team. The time compression forces me to delegate a lot more. Normally, I try to have my hands in everything, and it’s a good reminder to trust my team with the projects I give them. When soccer season ends, I pick back up some of the things I passed off, but not everything. Delegating some projects frees me up to do more work on the business. Several years ago, I never would have dreamed that I could take on something like this. As any parent knows, balancing your personal and professional responsibilities is a constant juggling act. To make my coaching side gig work, I had to get super organized. I also had to trust my team and know they have my back. It’s been so fun to watch my son play his senior year of soccer. I know this is a special time. Seeing my son and his team out on the field during practices, I notice little improvements they make over the course of a season. For some, they’ve become more agile dribblers, able to take the ball down the field without the need to glance down at it. Others have gained confidence in their play, now feeling comfortable taking the shot when they’re in a good spot. As they play together, the team’s communication gets better, too. It’s very similar to the way a work team functions. You work together to achieve a shared goal, overcoming obstacles and getting better at communicating and giving feedback to one another. You celebrate wins and go back to the drawing board after a loss, determining what tripped you up and where you can do better next time. Last night, I got home after an exciting game. My son scored the game-tying goal, and we went on to win in penalties. It’s so much fun to be part of the winning team, but it’s equally awesome to see all the small victories that lead up to that moment. – Scott

HOW TO PRIORITIZE LIKE A BOSS BE A TEAM PLAYER

O ne fall afternoon three years ago, when my son was a sophomore in high school, I dropped him off at soccer practice and turned to leave. I scanned the field as I was walking away and noticed there were 18 kids to the one coach. “What’s going on? Where’s your assistant?” I asked the head coach, who’s a good friend of mine. He usually had at least one other coach out on the field with him. “He got another job last minute,” the coach told me. “It’s just me.” Mulling it over for a few seconds, I said, “I’d be happy to help.” I was thinking I’d just volunteer until they found a replacement. The next day, I got a call from the head coach: He’d been authorized to bring me on as the assistant coach for the varsity team. Prior to this, I coached my kids throughout elementary school and for rec leagues. I played soccer growing up but switched to football when I got to high school. I knew this would be a fairly big commitment, being there for after-school practices and games on

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