Bobby Crow was not a scout evaluating talent for an NFL team, nor was he a sportscaster with special knowledge about what was going on behind the scenes.  He was just a regular guy, a dad who had something to share with his son.

In 1989, the Dallas Cowboys won 1 game and lost 15. After that dismal season, Bobby looked at his son Lonnie and said, “I can see something with this team…they will be great!”

What did he see? On paper, this was clearly a team with no proven success and no real superstars to bank on.

In 1990, they won 7 and lost 9. Not exactly “great,” but much improved.

In 1991, they won 11 and lost 5 – bordering on great.

In 1992, the Dallas Cowboys won 13 games and only lost 3 – and became the SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS! They repeated with Superbowl wins again in 1993 and 1995.

So what exactly did Bobby Crow see during that horrendous season in 1989 that made him believe they were actually on the verge of greatness? He saw a team learning how to play together as a unit with no superstars.

Teams win championships – not superstars. Even the most talented player needs a strong supporting cast. But sometimes, the team becomes so fixated on the success of the brightest stars that they lose sight of developing the cohesiveness of the team – to the detriment of the team’s success.

After a great run, Bobby said something else that got my friend Lonnie’s attention. He said that there were too many superstars on the team and that things were about to change. They did.

Are you playing on a team of team players at home or at work? If so, there may be a championship in your future. When everyone is focused together on the game at hand, the future looks bright!

But if you (or others on your team) are more focused on your own stats than supporting team victory, there is trouble on the horizon.

Where is your focus? Where is the focus of others on the team?

Knowing the answers to these two questions could make you look as smart as Bobby Crow when it comes to picking winners and losers.