I have learned many things over the last 10 years from some legendary leaders like Holger Spiewak, Bill Lewis and Orrin Woodward. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that, ‘The leader builds the culture, and the culture builds the team’. The following Band of Brothers Creed is a self explanatory model, created by the leaders of the Band of Brothers, to BUILD and PROTECT an amazing, winning culture! In the immortal words of Shakespeare,
‘We few, we happy few, we Band of Brothers…for whoever sheds his blood with me today shall forever be my brother!’
BAND OF BROTHERS CREED
I understand, that as a member of the Band of Brothers, that I am part of a great tradition of HONOR, LOYALTY, SERVICE, UNITY and WINNING. I understand that, as a member of the Band of Brothers, that I have a great responsibility to uphold this tradition through my ATTITUDE, my WORDS and my ACTIONS.
I understand that the CULTURE of a team determines its success, destiny and legacy, and as a member of the Band of Brothers, I commit to making our culture a winning culture, to be known around the world as what a united team of champions should look like. As a member of the Band of Brothers, I pledge my SACRED HONOR to help BUILD and PROTECT this culture with my EXAMPLE, my CHARACTER, and my COMMITMENT.
To buy into the VISION that the BAND OF BROTHERS will be the the team with the best duplication and the best attitude. I understand that the BAND OF BROTHERS goal is to become the TAPROOT of the TEAM, which is the BEST TEAM with the MOST LEADERS. I fully understand that what we do now will determine our future for the next 20 years. I understand that my: goals, dreams, freedom, children’s future, country’s future, and ‘The LIFE I’ve always wanted’ all hang in the balance!
To model the ‘HEART OF A CHAMPION’ through my attitude and my example. I understand that there is a price for progress and I commit to pay it in full. I commit to have the faith & courage necessary to believe in this cause & to deserve victory. I understand that there are always 3 choices: give-in, give-up, or give it all you’ve got. I will always choose to GIVE IT ALL I’VE GOT!
To model the 4 Es: ENTHUSIASM, ENCOURAGEMENT, EXPECTATION, AND EDIFICATION in my attitude, words, and actions. I understand the principle of ‘Zeal without knowledge is dangerous, but knowledge without zeal is dead’. I understand that, as a member of the Band of Brothers, I need to be the thermostat and not the thermometer. I will set the tone with ENTHUSIASM at every meeting, event, and at all times. I will ENCOURAGE through acceptance, approval and appreciation, and never criticize, condemn or complain. I will work to adopt a NO NEGATIVE philosophy in my life and take it everywhere I go. I understand how important EXPECTATION is, and I will work to set a positive, winning expectation. I will be the example in expecting excellence, but at the same time, never judge others. I understand the power of EDIFICATION. I will learn to speak all the good I can of others to their face, from stage and behind their back. I will make a point of honestly edifying others, especially my leaders, every chance I get.
To be the BEST STUDENT I can be by mastering the Team Tools, the Team System, and the Top 5 books. No team will know, use or promote the Team tools, the Team system, and top 5 books better than the Band of Brothers, and I know this begins with me. I will be a walking, talking CD listening to and promoting machine. I will work to listen to, to know, and to promote the Team packs first, the Team system second, and all of the LIFE material third. I understand how important people skills are and I will be ONE OF THE BEST AT DEALING WITH PEOPLE by reading the Top 5 books on a regular basis.
To MASTER THE BASICS of the 5 Step Pattern, Team Approach, PowerPlayer, and Game-Planning. I understand that DEPTH builds POSTURE & BELIEF and I will never forget it! I will strive to get in action and to master the 5 step pattern. I commit to learning and practicing the methods of TEAM APPROACH. I understand that POWERPLAYER has always been and always will be our play. I know now that PowerPlayer is my goal. I know that it is important to have a Game-Plan and to Keep Score. I understand, that in order to use a coach effectively, that I need to be showing plans and will work diligently to do so. If I am showing 15 plans a month, I will seek out my coach with a HUMBLE and a HUNGRY attitude. I will KEEP SCORE by drawing out my team and having it ready for my coach when we get together. I understand that my team’s goal is to go 10 DEEP this month and every month, and I commit to playing my part!
To BE A PROFESSIONAL in all I do, which includes attitude, words, dress and deeds. I understand that 100% of what I do wrong and 50% of what I do right will be duplicated. I realize that ATTITUDE MATTERS and resolve to have a great one everywhere I go, but at the same time have GRACE for others who might be having a bad day. I will ‘suit-up’ for all house-plans, open meetings, and seminars. I understand that 50% of success is just showing up, and therefore, I will strive to go to everything I qualify for, including: opens, challenge groups, seminars, leaderships, and promotions. I will try my best to come early, sit as close to the front as possible, and stay late. If there is a ‘Live Event’ available to me, if at all possible, I’m there! I will be the first to volunteer and encourage others to volunteer anytime the TEAM calls on the Band of Brothers. I realize that this is my team too, and I will work valiantly to adopt the principle of service before self. I understand that not everyone is going to do what I’m willing to do, but nobody will ever do what I’m not willing to do.
To always have TEAM PRIDE: first for the TEAM, then for the Band of Brothers, and third for my division of the Band of Brothers. I Understand that LOYALTY and UNITY matter, and that everyone wants to be part of a TIGHT and WINNING team. I will take ownership and play my part. I will be the LOUDEST and most ENTHUSIASTIC person at every event, and especially anytime the Band of Brothers or any individual Band of Brother is speaking, recognized, or mentioned from stage. I will have the COURAGE to be the first to cheer and the last to stop. I will bring my B.O.B. rowdy rag, etc… and parade them with HONOR & PRIDE. At every event, I will seek out the ‘heartbeat’ of the Band of Brothers, which is it’s leaders: directors, Round Tables, and PCs. Getting around them means sitting by them, introducing my new people and teammates to them to help create powerful bonds, and seeking them out for a hug, handshake, smile, and to say that, ‘I am with you’! I know that I am part of a very rare ‘Fellowship of the heart’, and will not take this for granted.
To build and maintain SPEED OF TRUST with my leader and with my team. This starts and ends with LOVE, CHARACTER, & GRACE. I understand that character is doing the right thing despite inconvenience, feeling, fear, or consequence. I will strive to have my yes, always mean yes, and my no, to always mean no. I will take pride in having a great speed of trust in all areas of my life including, but not limited to the following: words, respect, time, and money. I will resolve any conflict with courage and grace anytime I see or sense a problem.
To build a ‘BATTLE-CRY’ culture. I understand the principle of ‘Iron sharpens Iron’ and the power of belief & encouragement, and therefore I will strive to leave a ‘battle-cry’ every night I am out building the Team, conquering new territory, showing the plan, signing up new members, moving tickets, and breaking power-players by sending out a text or Team-Talk to my leader and to my team.
To build and model a ‘RUN TO THE LAST SECOND‘ culture. I understand the significance of FIGHTING to the FINISH and never giving up on a Conquer, Fortify, or Domesticate goal. I fully appreciate that great things always happen by being faithful and running to the last second. As they say, ‘Good things come from the stretch’! I understand that by running to the last second today, could equal thousands of leaders running to the last second 2 years from now. I also understand, that to be truly successful, running to the last second does not mean waiting to the last second to start running. I will run from ‘the GUN to the TAPE’! I will be the example, to my team and to the next generation of leaders, of what running to the finish truly means. I will adopt the mindset that, as a member of the Band of Brothers, I will either hit the goal that has been set, or die on the battle-field in DEFIANCE of surrender! As Winston Churchill and the leaders of the Band of Brothers say, ‘Never give in…. never, never, never, never, ever, give in’!
Lastly, I resolve to be one of the many who are going to BUILD and PROTECT this amazing Band of Brothers Culture. I understand that it only takes a few Stout-Hearted men and women, with COURAGE, COMMITMENT, and PASSION, to lead to 10,000 more. I pledge to be a true team-player, to have endurance when it gets tough, to understand the power of duplication & momentum, and to always be the example. I will have the FAITH & COURAGE to BELIEVE & DESERVE! I will do everything in my power, God willing, to honor God, to serve my fellow man, and to build and protect a culture that all of the Band of Brothers can be proud of!
Band of Brothers lead the way…..
“Give me some men
Who are Stout-Hearted Men
Who will fight for the right they adore
Start me with ten
Who are Stout-Hearted Men
And I’ll soon give you ten thousand more
Shoulder to shoulder, and bolder and bolder
They grow as they go to the fore…”