In praise of the Iron Horse

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On June 19, when baseball season is hitting its stride, Lou Gehrig’s birthday offers a vivid reminder of the value of showing up for work every day. He played in 2,130 consecutive games over 15 amazing seasons.

Like Cal Ripken Jr., who broke the record and played in 2,632 straight games, Gehrig embodied an astonishing work ethic. His ability to shove aside distractions to deliver peak performance on a daily basis can provide inspiration for your team.

A manager tells us that he screens Pride of the Yankees for his employees every June. It’s a tribute to Gehrig that also sends a motivational message to his group: By bringing a positive attitude to the job and expressing gratitude for what you have (rather than complaining about what you lack), you set an admirable example as a treasured teammate.

During the coming month, keep Gehrig’s spirit alive by rewarding employees who overcome adversity and show up, day in and day out, to fulfill their responsibilities. Shine the spotlight on workers who demonstrate unshakable commitment to their jobs by maintaining perfect attendance even as they raise kids, care for ailing parents or give back to the community.

 

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