What? How? And Definitely WHY?!

I closed the last blog by referencing something I heard John Maxwell share recently, “Not investing in your team is short-cutting yourself as a leader,” then I challenged you to think about what tasks you’re still hanging onto that could really be passed on to someone on your team AND would serve to empower them in the process.

Once we begin delegating with the intention of developing the people around us, we need to also consider what tools could help those same people most to truly master those assignments we’re handing them. While it’s not quite across the board, most companies tend to have solid systems in place for helping team members improve their technical skills. Those hard skills, as we often call them, apply directly to the task at hand and typically have an immediate and visible impact on the final product we’re working to produce.

But the higher the level of responsibility for leading a team, the more we’ll find ourselves...

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Pick A Worthy Rival!

I’ve been a baseball fan for as long as I can remember. I played little league for a few years and thought I had real potential. I could do everything except run, hit, and catch! Well, I guess that doesn’t leave all that much does it…

My great-uncle taught me a love for the game. And since he was a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox, I was too. Even as I child, I remember recognizing just how bitter the rivalry was between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees - and that rivalry often carried over between their fans too!

Looking back on that rivalry, I always viewed it as a competition to win the American League East and hopefully even the World Series each year; both very finite goals. If you follow baseball at all, you know that the first 25 years or so that I was cheering on the Red Sox were filled with utter disappointment…

Here’s what I never recognized since I viewed that rivalry from the perspective of a fan who wanted his team to win it all: while...

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How Do You Play the Game?

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on August 11, 2020.

In the LinkedIn article I published yesterday, I referenced the origins of a quote I had already attributed to Vince Lombardi. We’ve likely all heard some type of reference to the idea of “it’s not whether we win or lose, but how we play the game” but I was clearly confused about where it originated. (I did find an entire web page dedicated to actual quotes by Lombardi so we’ll probably be circling back to that in this series sometime soon…) 

The actual quote I was thinking about was from Grantland Rice in 1927 but even he was paraphrasing something from a Greek historian that was written nearly 2,500 years earlier. Rice’s words were “For when the great scorer comes to write against your name, He marks not that you won or lost but how you played the game.” And that 5th century B.C. Greek historian wrote this in reference to Olympians of the time “Tis...

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Part of a Winning Team

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 31, 2020.

Have you ever noticed how quick folks tend to be to associate themselves with a sports team when that team is performing well but how those same folks can tend to distance themselves in the bad years. Phrases like We’re going to the playoffs can be fairly common during the good years, but those are often replaced with things like They’re just really bad this year when things aren’t looking so good. 

It’s not at all uncommon to hear both of those things said by the same person, about the same team, in back to back seasons! But why?

I believe each and every one of us have a deep desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves. According to Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the desire for community must be met before we can really begin to feel accomplished personally.

OK Wes, what does this have to do with the topics we’ve been working through over the last several blogs?...

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