There is a great lesson about success and leadership from studying the way that buffalo and cows respond to storms.
When storms come, they almost always brew from the west and roll out toward the east. What cows do is very natural. Cows sense the storm coming from the west and so they start to try to run toward the east. The only problem with that is that if you know anything about cows you know they aren’t very fast, so the storm catches up with the cows rather quickly, and without knowing any better the cows continue to try to outrun the storm. But instead of outrunning the storm they actually run right along with the storm, maximizing the amount of pain and time and frustration they experience from that storm!
Isn’t that crazy?
What buffalo do on the other hand is very unique for the animal kingdom. Buffalo wait for the storm to cross right over the crest of the peak of the mountaintop and as the storm rolls over the ridge the buffalo turn and charge directly into the storm.
Instead of running east away from the storm they run west directly at the storm. By running at the storm they run straight through it thereby minimizing the amount of pain and time and frustration they experience from that storm.
Notice how it’s the exact same storm. It’s such a great metaphor for all of us because all of us are dealing with the same types of storms.
We don’t always get to choose whether or not we have storms. The only choice we get to have is how we respond to those storms.
This “buffalo mentality” is very representative of the exactly what we we seek on the Brookside Track and Field Teams. We give an award at the end of each season called the Buffalo Award. It is granted to the athlete that best exemplifies the spirit of the buffalo, attacking the storm instead of hiding from it. This season we are taking it a step further by giving a “Buffalo of the Week” to an athlete who steps in or steps up, when called upon to face a storm. We even have special gifts for the winner, thanks to some generous donors:
John Hunter (Mayor of Sheffield Village)
Mike Griffith (Griffith Paving)
Danny Crawford (Crawford Trucking)
Bob Markovich (North Coast High Performance Teams)
This week’s winner is senior thrower Tim Borgman. Tim had an outstanding week, capped off by winning the discus on Friday night at the Lutheran West Invitational. Just as important as any of his throws, however, is his outstanding leadership, not just among the throwers, but the whole track program. He is the definition of “Servant Leadership” for all of the team. Before and after meets he is the first one off the bus to get the equipment out, he always helps set up the campsite, and he is consistently the one to clean up and put away the equipment when the throws are finished at home meets. Congrats Tim!!