Handing The Baton Off Well To The Next Generation


                    Ensure A Smooth Handoff To The Next Generation

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Tradition Gives And Sustains Life In Any Organization

Establishing a positive tradition of excellence is crucial for the success and longevity of a program, institution, or organization. 

Achieving excellence and building positive traditions often takes time, patience, and a lot of effort. It requires persistence, dedication, going above and beyond, and a strong commitment to serving others for a higher purpose.

Handoffs from one person or a group to the next person or group can make or break a currently successful program or an entire organization.

The transfer of tradition can be likened to a relay race in the Olympic Games. A minor error in passing on the baton to the next runner can result in the baton being dropped after years of hard work put into creating a world-class team.

Tradition Matters

Paying attention to how groups pass the baton determines an organization or goal's success or failure.

Each group or team should uphold meaningful traditions and successes for future generations to enjoy.

The failure to pass on life-sustaining customs and traditions to the next generation, be it a team of workers, athletes, students, or any other organization, is a disservice to their successors.

Mastering the art of creating significant traditions is a quality of successful individuals and teams. However, it is equally essential to be purposeful about transferring those traditions to the next generation when the time comes.

The person or group who intentionally and selflessly passes the baton to the next team is a world record holder in my book for keeping positive traditions alive.

Sometimes, circumstances outside our control can make passing on positive experiences to the next generation difficult. However, we should always strive to do our best to find ways to help the next generation not only survive but thrive.

Keeping Tradition Alive

I have been a part of organizations where individuals have worked tirelessly to establish remarkable legacies for future generations or groups.                                                                           

Throughout my experience, I have witnessed that outstanding traditions either remain intact or fade away based on the willingness or unwillingness of successors to take up the mantle and carry it forward.

The successful handoff from one team to another requires individuals who think beyond their interests and work tirelessly to preserve meaningful traditions for future generations to enjoy and thrive. Educating new teams on the significance and importance of taking up the positive tradition baton is crucial. 

For successful traditions to continue and improve, specific responsibilities are assigned to current team leaders to pass on to future team members. A tradition of excellence doesn't happen on its own.

Here are some ways to preserve successful programs and traditions for future generations. While there are many other ways to keep traditions alive, these are good starting points.

1. To ensure the success of your programs, it's essential to assign team leaders who are highly committed to your cause to mentor new leaders. The selected mentors and successors should be passionate about your programs and act as ambassadors to spread awareness.

When choosing a mentor, selecting someone with a strong commitment level of at least nine out of ten is essential. Additionally, it's crucial to teach new leaders the significance of preserving traditions for future generations.

2. Recruit volunteers every year in your areas of need. In the case of running programs, parents come and go in a program every year as their kids graduate. Recruit new volunteers before the beginning of every season to replace those leaving at the year's end. Parents in high school programs, especially, are the lifeblood of a successful program. I've been blessed with great parents over the years.

3. It is recommended that you keep a record of your program's achievements and share success stories regularly. By showing the accomplishments of previous program participants, you can inspire others and provide a clear vision of what can be achieved. Highlighting past successes can help individuals see and believe that achieving their goals is possible. Keeping a documented history of your program is one of the most important things you can do to preserve its legacy.

4. It is important to select and train someone to replace you in your career well in advance before you plan to leave. Even if you intend to continue working for many years, it is crucial to find a suitable person who can take over your leadership role. Succession planning is essential for preserving the traditions and successes of the past.

Identifying dedicated and enthusiastic individuals in any field can be a challenging task. However, it is crucial to find and prepare successors to take over your position as this is essential for the continuity and preservation of a program. Furthermore, student leaders have a responsibility to serve as mentors and promote the development of their replacements.

Passing down positive traditions to the next generation is an important responsibility that requires a champion's mindset. It is an act of love to care about what happens after you leave a program. To preserve and improve a program, it is crucial to find committed successors who are passionate about maintaining the program's quality, so that others can continue to benefit from it.                               

Repay the kindness you have received by doing the same for others, including ensuring that the baton is passed well from generation to generation.


Coach Weber

Philippians 4:13


A smooth handoff is required between each team, group, or generation to keep traditions alive. Be intentional about keeping traditions alive and well each year. I will discuss additional ways to keep traditions alive in future posts that apply to the field or the boardroom.