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The Game Of Cheer!

How Cameroonian Fans At the African Cup of Nations Continue To Teach the Meaning of Winning for All!

And so, we are back to the realities of what makes a team or solo personnel, successful on the job.  Previously, we addressed the need for one’s cheer squad.  Those needed fans and support section that will wait long and uncomfortable hours, so long as you are willing to show up.  Showing up, even if you are embarrassed, or suffered a previous loss.  You showed up, and as reward, they are going to cheer you on!

So, now we revert back to the 2019 African Cup of Nations-based in Cairo, Egypt.  And lo and behold, our vivacious, lively, creative, and dedicated Cameroonian fans.  Yes,  indeed!  Horns blowing!  Songs singing!  And chants heard from miles away.  They’ve arrived.  In Ismailia or the Alexandrian stadiums-being the devoted fans that they are.  The Cameroonian men’s national team was early for the job.

(Photograph By Unknown; Edits By Lauren Kaye Clark)

Uh, oh!  Wait a minute!  They were not the only team.  And they sure enough were not the only ones, who showed up for the job.  In fact, they  too, have their personal cheer squad.  And they are just as vivacious and boisterous as the Cameroonian team’s own personal cheer squad.

Whoops!  Did you think you were the only one with a cheerleading section at the company party?

(Photograph By Gabriel Neko; Edits By Lauren Kaye Clark)

Now, this can play out in two ways.  Your own personal cheer squad can go to attack your opponents cheer squad-desecrating them and forcing them into a silent submission.  That way, at work,  you gain an advantage over your opponent (or rival).  Presenting the illusion that you have the stronger support group;  and therefore, deeming yourself as the better candidate, with a stronger network and foundation in the company.  Which means you will get the promotion, a bigger salary, the title bragging rights, and the ultimate win!

Hmm. . .that does sound tempting, doesn’t it?  Oh boy.  The curse of the mighty ego.  Let’s take a pause, shall we?  Wait for it.  Think about it.  Will return in a bit. 

Alright!  So, you remember those loving,  Cameroonian fans?  Seeing them in action and watching their interaction with the other cheer section showed a different dynamic.  How they moved around, capturing themselves with fans of the other team; all in their shared passion for the game of football.  It was a spectacular occasion.  And, it was another lesson learned.  Just because you have your own cheering squad doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy others, too.  The louder the cheer, the less one fears.  Right?

(Photograph By Gabriel Neko; Edits By Lauren Kaye Clark)
(Photograph By Gabriel Neko; Edits By Lauren Kaye Clark)
(Photograph By Gabriel Neko; Edits By Lauren Kaye Clark)

The point is that one doesn’t have to pit one’s own cheer squad against another.  Why not allow them to mingle and mangle?  Who knows?  You may end up expanding your cheering section (i.e. your network).  Or even joining the teams together in order to expand your support base.  Ah!  It feels so much rewarding.  Knowing that a split (or divisions) doesn’t have to take place between either cheer squad.  It means that both cheer squads can come together for the elevation of both employees (or teams).  After all, the more the support, the better it is for the company as a whole. 

You can see this with the fans of Cameroon at this year’s 2019 African Cup of Nations in Cairo, Egypt.  Benin.  Jamaica.  Egypt. Senegal. Tunisia. Morocco. A host of other nations.  You see the Cameroonian national team’s cheer squad actively engaging with fans of other countries.  It’s all part of the initiative of bringing the company together.  No matter which departments, or which positions (or titles), when different support systems come together, there is a win for all.  Regardless of the wins or losses, through the interaction, and love by the fans–everyone wins!  It’s a victory for the sport and for the championships.  Moral of the story is that support can intersect.  It is one of those initiatives, where merging support systems results in the betterment of all.

(Photograph By Gabriel Neko; Edits By Lauren Kaye Clark)
(Photograph By Gabriel Neko; Edits By Lauren Kaye Clark)

Of course, there will be a winner.  There will be one who ends up coming on top, at the company.  At the same time, there will also be a draw-as what we have seen with Cameroon vs. Benin, Mauritania vs. Tunisia, and so forth.  Needless to say, all teams are playing under one corporation.  So, why not share support when needed?  Who gets the promotion, or secures the big win, does not mean there is only one winner.  Sure, one would like to be part of the winning team.  That group, which ends up doing the most (and gaining the most for the company).  Yet, if you manage to find a way to win in another way (hence:  the expansion of your cheer section, building a larger and stronger network), then you are likely to have a better performance, the next time around.  Good deal?  Because the truth of the matter, is that it’s not always about who is first.  On many occasions, it’s not even about who wins, but who can establish (and build stronger networks) stronger networks within the company!

A great initiative, that Cameroonian fans have already initiated before the company promotion has taken place.  

(Photograph By Gabriel Neko; Edits By Lauren Kaye Clark)
(Photograph By Unknown; Edits By Lauren Kaye Clark)
(Photograph By Unknown; Edits By Lauren Kaye Clark)

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