Letters From Leton: Football. What’s A Football?

If the children in your family haven’t already hinted (strongly) about what they want for Christmas, they soon will (and then comes the fretting about finding the toys and games).

Presents bring light and joy to everyone’s eyes.

In the movie A Christmas Story, Ralphie, under severe duress, tells Santa he wants a football (instead of his heartfelt desire for a Red Ryder BB Gun). He comes to his senses uttering, “Football – What’s a football?”.

Unlike Ralphie, I really did want a football. And for my 10th birthday I was given that most prized possession of my childhood.

I can remember that cold, snowy November evening, taking the new football with me as I was going outside to take care of our animals. Tossing it in the air. Making miraculous and game-winning catches as the snowflakes came down among the outdoor lights.

My cousins were not much into sports. They were more interested in hunting and cars. But to really play football, even to play catch, you need another person or group of folks to make a team.

After much cajoling, we had our first official game in the neighborhood the following weekend. How much fun that was!

Football is a unique game. Without full commitment of everyone on the team, the chances of winning greatly diminish. The failure to do your job can lead to bad things or even losing.

Banking, and business of all kind, depends on every member of the team doing their job at a high level. Not just CEOs, but everyone.

Understanding the importance of everyone and everything they do can lead to your success. In addition to this understanding is the need to say thanks to everyone and express appreciation for jobs done that some may not notice.

I hope to arrange a game this year right after my Thanksgiving nap. 

You are all invited to join the team and play your role in our victory over the dastardly competition.

Stay safe.

– Leton


“Letters From Leton” is a blog series comprised of the weekly updates that Leton Harding – President, Chairman, and CEO of Powell Valley National Bank, shares with the Bank’s team members. These newsletters are full of uplifting anecdotes and intriguing insights that are applicable beyond the Bank, so we want to share them with you.