No one expected the Loyola of Chicago Ramblers to go very far in the 2018 tournament. The Ramblers were ranked 11th in the South division when they upset the University of Miami, then Tennessee, and when they defeated a strong Kansas State team by 14 points they found themselves in the semifinals–the Final Four–and the buzz of the nation.
The month of March usually gets people thinking of St. Patrick’s Day, time off for spring break, and warmer weather. But for millions of people around the country, they suffer a peculiar Madness…as in March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament.
Different from most other collegiate basketball teams that have experienced competitive success at a high level, but primarily focus on the physical fundamentals of the game–shooting, passing, defense, etc.–the Ramblers have a “cultural” secret.
Loyola of Chicago’s “Wall of Culture” is an intentional and aspirational mural showing who the team is, what they value, and how they play. It is part commitment, part reminder, and a blueprint guiding the team’s selflessness. The Ramblers Wall of Culture is the essence of what makes their program special, and if you asked their coaches and players, a key reason for their success.
Last year, after discussing the Ramblers culture in a weekly supervisors meeting, IT Manager Dan Magyar took it upon himself to create a culture wall for our District’s IT team. He solicited input from the entire staff and created a motivational work of art.
The resulting 14’ x 9’ wall highlights our team’s values, our mission, and aspects of our culture that make our group unique. It’s a daily reminder of how we do things and that we are part of something bigger than just ourselves.
What words might be on your wall that accurately describes your culture?
What intentional, creative, and fun ways do you celebrate and communicate your organization’s culture?
I feel moved, inspired, humbled, grateful, ashamed, and blessed and countless other feelings after watching this video. Warning: Many of the scenes are intense. You may want to preview it before showing it to your children.
How do you feel after watching?
“Jonathan has helped eliminate any excuse you or I have or ever will come up with. An amazing soul no doubt, and he have done us a great favor by sharing his story and example with us.
One of the examples we can take away from Jonathan when we think things are getting a little tough is Jonathan’s “trick” to push himself through and past his pain threshold.
He called it going into The Void.
When Jonathan starts hitting his pain threshold, he steps into that dark room where there is a little candle flickering. He pours all his pain into that candle flame. That flame is his will and determination.
The more he feeds it the more powerful the flame of his will and determination get. Then eventually, he gets past the pain point, the pain dissipates and he can step out of The Void and back into reality.
You can use this “trick” anytime you hit your figurative wall too!”
Read more of Darren’s post here and listen to his interview with Jonathan.