The Value of Humility

Chase Praying
Chase praying

Mike Mendiburu

President, CEO, and Chief Culture Officer at HighPoint

In Patrick Lencioni’s best-seller “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”, Mr. Lencioni underscores the value and power of a strong Team. In his “The Ideal Team Player”, he identifies three key traits that help us identify the kinds of players to aid in the success of this Team: Humble, Hungry, Smart. Ideal players need fairly equal measures of all 3, with the greatest emphasis on Humility.

On Feb 14, 2021, a young man in the name of Chase Briscoe was an ambassador for HighPoint, making his, and HighPoint’s debut in the Daytona 500. Many factors came into play to make this a reality, but far and away, the number one reason for Chase’s opportunity is due to his incredible Humility. Many of you have heard the story, but in a nutshell, within days of SHR preparing to close down the 98 team due to lack of funding, I quite literally bumped into Chase’s father Kevin on the Vegas Strip, while I was making my way back to the hotel from an early dinner, while in town for Cisco’s 2019 Partner Summit. I congratulated him on how well his son was doing in racing, but more so on the way, he’s raised him and the Humility he exudes as such a great ambassador for the sport, prompting me to give Kevin my card with an offer to help Chase in any way, around coaching in business settings, etc.

Chase’s humility is quite clearly what prompted my offer to assist. With humility like his (which has been steadfast throughout his incredible 2020 Xfinity 9-win season and has launched him into today’s NASCAR Cup Debut), Chase has quickly amassed a large following. Chase also has a healthy dose of the other two ideal team-player attributes in that he is Hungry to succeed and is Smart (emotionally intelligent).

Please keep an eye on Chase in his next race on Sunday, March 21st, and throughout the season, as the story of his Rookie year unfolds and my hope is that he is as much a blessing to you, as he is to me and our HighPoint Family.  I’m not saying that Humility will put you into the Daytona 500, but my hope is that well all learn from Chase’s example and never underestimate the power and value of Humility in our personal and professional lives.