Oracle (6am) at Aldrich Elementary Backblast: What is the point of leadership?

7/11/20 | Oracle AO | Aldrich Elementary | 70 Degrees – 61% Humidity and a Slight WNW Breeze

20 PAX: Spreadsheet, The Curse, Touche, Chiclets (Respect), Tug Boat, Two Step, Greek Freak, Patton, Scraper, Da Vinci (Respect Respect), Slow Pitch, Tube Socks, Birdman, Khakis (Respect), Tater Tot, Roadhouse, Big One, Convoy, Maestro

We welcomed FNG: Convoy

We also welcome from downrange: Maestro

Q: Grillz

PAX gathered at the shovel flags in the parking lot of Aldrich Elementary. Grillz welcomed the PAX, shared the mission statement, core principles, and gave the disclaimer that he is in no way a professional – modifications were encouraged! Here is an outline of how things went down…

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith (Early Riser Edition)
  • Any FNGs?
  • F3 Mission: Plant, grow and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership.  
  • Disclaimer: Not a professional, PAX encouraged to modify as needed.
  • Principles: Free of charge, open to all men, held outdoors, led in rotating fashion, end in COT
  • Count off for total

Warm-a-rama:  (Approx 10 min)

Mosey around parking lot (approx .25 miles) and circle up on north side of school

  • 10 Slow Windmills – Abe Vigoda (IC)
  • 20 Imperial Walkers (IC)
  • 10 Tappy Taps (IC)
  • 20 Sun Gods – 10 each direction (IC)
  • 10 Side Straddle Hops (IC)
  • 20 Goof Balls (IC)

Pre-Thang / Thang: (Approx 35 min)

Armbar – Top Rope Mosey to beatdown location (approximately 1/2 mile from school): 

20 seconds Arms to front, 20 second arms up, 10 merkins, repeat until arrival at beatdown site

Circle up and count off in groups of 4:

Set 4 cones 10 yards apart – PAX divides into groups of four (4).  Man #1 & #2 start the first exercise while Man #3 & #4 complete ladder run. Then Man #3 & #4 start the first exercise while Man #1 & #2 completed ladder run.  Each time a ladder run is completed, move to the next exercise on the list. Continue this pattern until Omaha is called – approx 25 minutes (If you complete all exercises, rinse & repeat until Omaha is called):

Modification: If you complete the ladder run before your partner, you get to do burpees until they finish!

Cone 1:  Yogi Werkins (werkin with alt. toe touch),  Burpees with Overhead Clap (clap when on belly), Squat Jumps, Plank Jacks in low plank (IC), Bobby Hurleys, Monkey Humpers, Carolina Dry Docs, Mountain Climbers (IC), Burpees with Hand Release, Rev. Lunge to high knee (On Up)

ArmBar – Top Rope Mosey back to school: 

20 seconds Arms to front, 20 second arms up, 10 merkins, repeat until arrival at beatdown site.

Mary: American Hammers x 10 IC every other person (5 count every other person) until 50 is reached

COT: Count off, Name-O-Rama, Name any FNG’s, Announcements/Prayer Requests, COT, Prayer

CoT:

I recently ran across an article talking about how a group of wolves organize: 

‘In front are the pace setters, the wisest, most experienced, the sick and most vulnerable. They walk in front to set the pace of the running group to ensure they don’t get left behind because more than likely, if an ambush happened, they would be sacrificed.

The next group are the strongest and best of the pack. They are tasked with the job of protecting the front of the pack if there is an attack.

Naturally, the group of the pack in the middle is always protected from any attack. 

The last group are also among the strongest and best; they are tasked with the job of protecting the back of the pack if there is an attack. 

The last one wolf is the LEADER. He ensures that no one is left behind. He keeps the pack unified and on the same path. He is always ready to run in any direction to protect and serve as the ‘bodyguard’ to the entire group.’

The article closes out with this quote: 

“Leadership isn’t about being the most visible, the loudest, or even the highest earner. Leadership is truly about leading from behind. Real leaders are the types who want to share their success rather than bask in the glory, and those who when things go wrong, take ownership and take the fall to ensure their team is taken care of.”

In 1 Peter 5:3, the Bible says ‘Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.’

The application of these principles in our daily lives likely does not need much explanation to the HIM of F3OMAHA. However, in practice this is tough – at least I know it is for me.  

Like the wolf, are we able to humble ourselves enough to lead from behind? To protect those in our charge who are most vulnerable? To shy away from the glory of being out the front and on center stage?  Are we willing to step back, take in the whole picture and organize those around us in their strengths and let them be the hero of the story?

Trusted and respected leaders live out what they expect from others and let people operate within their own strength. People learn from observing and experiencing. If we expect certain things from those we lead, we better be a living model for them to observe and experience.

Aye! Grillz

CITATION: Wolf Pack Article https://www.jashleypanter.com/the-true-meaning-of-leading-from-behind/

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