I must admit that I didn’t see this one coming…Tom Wacker has decided to step down as Lucky 13 leader and pass the reins on to team member Lynn M.
Tom made the official announcement on his team blog with the post “Ch Ch Ch Changes” which is also a reference to one of David Bowie’s classic singles if I am not mistaken.
Tom, who will remain a member of Lucky 13, will surely be remembered as one of the most successful of CTP Teams team leaders of all time, having spearheaded the only team to pose any real threat to SurfAholics Alpha in the first season of the contest.
He wrote: “I didn’t get run out, I didn’t get pushed out, and I managed to get out before I burned out. This season has certainly been the highlight of my online career. What a run it has been.
“I got to know an entire group of people better than I could have under any other circumstance. I think every single member of the team has helped me out in one way or another. The co operation and willingness has been truly amazing. I can, in no way, express enough gratitude to the Lucky 13 and TimTech for this incredible opportunity. I just don’t have the words.”
Paying tribute to rival teams he wrote: “We’ve had some epic battles with SurfAholics Alpha, The Strays, CSN and the UberSurfers. Much to it’s credit the Lucky 13 has risen to every challenge and stayed the course for the entire season without let up. A testimony to the caliber of the members of this team.”
Well as time for changes go the end of a season makes as much sense as any and it looks like Lucky 13 will be in safe hands with Lynn.
I suppose the funniest line in Tom’s post is the one where he says he didn’t get pushed out or run out of town…any team that would depose Tom as a leader is a team that does not deserve success; those are two scenarios that would never have happened.
I reckon the truth of the matter is to be found in the phrase “I managed to get out before I burned out” because running a leading CTP Premier League Team is far more stressful and time consuming than it looks.
It can be fun, I am sure it can be frustrating at times, most certainly demanding (of both time and mental energy), rewarding, maddening, challenging and most probably a lot of other things besides.
Tom has been a great leader, of that there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind. Here are some of the Lucky 13 statistics by way of illustration of what I mean:
Second place in weekly competitions – 13 times. (Quite appropriate all things considered I feel)
Third place in weekly competitions – 12 times.
Other trophies gained – 11 times. Those “other” team trophies include being first in weekly contests three times and being second in the monthly competition six times.
It takes great leadership and a great team do have a list of achievements like that. Tom has helped make Lucky 13 a force to be reckoned with within CTP Teams and he will be missed as a team leader. Lynn M has a hard act to follow but something tells me she will most certainly rise to the challenge.
Well done Tom for helping make Season One at CTP Teams as memorable as it was and good luck Lynn…let’s see what you can do with Season Two.
Further reading: Ch Ch Ch Changes.