The one thing that can rip apart a championship team more than anything is dissension in the locker room. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have, if you you are not together you are not going to win. I always tried to head it off before it even started and hit it head on when it did. This is how I would do that and how I take the same approach in resolving family conflict.
If you want to become a leader who adds value to other people’s lives and to the life of your organization, how do you get started? What do you do?
As a leader, I have found that I cannot move the ball forward with positive, nurturing leadership until I engage with those I am blessed to lead. Once I’ve engaged with them, I am able to educate and equip. Throughout the process, it is essential to encourage, empower, and energize in order to finally elevate the people around me.
It’s time to get in the game. Here is an explanation of the 7 E’s of reaching the full potential in those you lead.
When a team wins or a business is successful, the families of the players or the workers may be excited for the moment; but when they count the cost, I wonder how many would say that the temporary accomplishment outweighs all the memories missed or the bonds not formed. Or, worse yet, maybe they have been programmed over time to believe that the all-encompassing sacrifice of family, community, time—or anything other than what it takes to win games, close sales, or build a business—is an accepted part of life, simply what is required to achieve the number one priority: winning.
Sadly, such “accomplishment” without significance will ultimately prove to be meaningless and without lasting value. The meaning of leadership for mentor leaders insists on more and defines success in a much more robust and well-rounded way. Here are the things they do.
Preparing for games as an NFL coach is a tremendous challenge. Each week brings a different team with players of excellent and unique talents. It’s important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent when crafting a game plan. Fatherhood also brings with it a lot of challenges. When people find out that I […]
When I was in Minnesota, Denny Green had been a big proponent of creating what I call “artificial adversity,” making things tougher on the players than they had to be. He believed this was an essential foundation for handling the turbulence of a season or game. As coaches and as players, he wanted us all […]
As a leader, speeches are a great tool to motivate and inspire a group of people to greater things. They give a destination or vision to strive to achieve. Having worked in the National Football League, I have witnessed many great speeches, ones that energized the locker room. Occasionally in sports, a good speech could be a game changer.
On a larger scale, there are speeches that have been given that achieve historical significance. The truth of the words spoken strikes such a chord they lead to cultural change. The most inspiring speech I have ever heard, without question, was when I was a young man. On August 28, 1963, I watched Dr. Martin Luther King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. deliver his now-famous “I Have A Dream…” speech. This was my reaction to it and why I consider it to be the greatest speech I ever heard.