Be A Goldfish: Team Building The Ted Lasso Way

I recently had a client ask if I had seen Ted Lasso.  I said no.  She then said, “you have to see it. You are Ted freaking Lasso!”   I started watching and was immediately hooked.  I do bear a striking resemblance to Ted Lasso.  OK, not the way we look, but what we do.   I work with teams across all types of verticals including sports, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and everything in between. While I’m rarely an expert in their business, they all have one common thread: people.  All of our clients know the first question we ask: What percentage of your results relies on other people? If your answer is more than 50%, you may want to watch Ted Lasso if you haven’t already. Here are some Ted Lasso team-building lessons from Season 1.

“Taking on a new challenge is like riding a horse; if you are comfortable while you’re doing it, you’re probably doing it wrong.”

“You could fill two internets with what I don’t know about futbol.”

“Training makes perfect.”

“Smells like potential.”

“If he thinks he’s mad now, wait until we win him over.”

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

“Do you know what the happiest animal on earth is?  It’s a goldfish.  Do you know why? It has a 10-second memory.  Be a goldfish.”

“I have a real tricky time hearing people that don’t believe in themselves.”

“The easiest way to get that done well is to do it well.”

“A teacher that tells a bully not to pick on someone is just gonna make it worse.”

“You remind me of one of those robot vacuums, kind of just wandering around looking for dirt.”

“That’s the funny thing about coincidences, they just kind of happen.”

“For me success is not about wins and losses.  It’s about helping these young fellas be the best versions themselves on and off the field.”

“You two knuckleheads have split our locker room in half.  And when it comes to locker rooms, I like ‘em just my mother’s bathing suits, I only want to see them in one piece.”

“You don’t need to be best friends to be great teammates.”

“Youth is wasted on the young.  Don’t let the wisdom of age be wasted on you.” 

“You know why we won the league (previously)?  It’s the same shit Yankee Doodle is peddling.”

“This is an undiscovered mega-talent.  You do not want to judge this book by it’s cover.”

“We’re broken.  We need to change.  I know change can be scary. Most of the time change is a good thing.  I think that’s what it’s all about, embracing change.  Being brave.  Doing whatever you have to so everyone in your life can move forward with their’s.”

“Know thyself.”                     

“You haven’t been fired, it’s worse…you’ve been promoted!”

“Y’all got a saying, “it’s the hope that kills you.”  I disagree…it’s the hope that keeps you alive.”

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