Leadership Over Time

January 9, 2016

 

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Leadership Over Time

Today’s Leadership Minute:

 

Good leaders and good leadership ensures that the organization is successful over a long period of time.  Anyone can have limited success – good leaders have sustained success.

There is no better example of good leadership over time than Duke’s men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.  There is a span of twenty-four years between his first championship and last years championship win over Wisconsin.  That is success over time!!

When asked recently in an interview by Success magazine about his leadership longevity, Coach K said:

Sometimes when people ask what adjustments I’ve had to make over the years, they make it sound as if I had to do something hard.  A lot of things are easier if you are a willing learner.  You have to learn what’s best and then adjust because every year is different; every team is different.  If you think what you have done in the past is the only way to do it with a new group, time will prove you wrong!  So, good leaders are in a constant state of adjustment.

The most interesting thing about being a leader is the adjustments you make and how to make them while keeping your core values and principles alive and well.

When asked for advice on adapting as a leader, Coach K suggests two things:

First, get to know those you are leading and second, learn to communicate in a way they can understand.  Look at your team.  Do you have a veteran group?  Do you have a young group?  What is the attention span?  What is the culture that they are coming from?  It is up to you as the leader to be the communicator and to know who you are addressing.  It is not some special science.  It is wanting to learn more about people and really knowing the people you are leading.  Don’t make these people fit into something you did in the past.

You have to create an environment for the people that you have right now!!

Good advice for all leaders!!

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We Know It When We See It – The Carrot and the Stick

January 8, 2016

 

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We Know It When We See It – The Carrot and the Stick

Our Founders’ Favorites series runs every Friday and features a favorite past Leadership Minute selected by one of our Founders. Today’s favorite comes from Jim Kunk, Central Ohio President of Huntington National Bank and a Founder of our Ross Leadership Institute.

Years ago the Wall Street Journal published as series of articles written by Harry Gray, Chairman of United Technologies Corporation.  Here’s a part of my favorite one:

The carrot always wins over the stick. Ask your horse. You can lead your horse to water, but you can’t manage him to drink. If you want to manage somebody, manage yourself. Do that well and you’ll be ready to stop managing. And start leading.

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Turning Challenges into Opportunities

January 7, 2016

 

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Turning Challenges into Opportunities

Today’s Leadership Minute:

We often hear leaders say with great enthusiasm, “Let’s get after it. Let’s turn those challenges into opportunities” – A common view of leadership, yes?

A bold and impressive statement – however, is this always the right decision? As leaders, we face challenges on a regular basis. When faced with challenges we can advance or we can retreat.

As leaders our natural inclination is to move forward, full stream ahead, take the hill, win the battle, close the deal. The truth is that not all challenges represent opportunities, at least not opportunities worth pursuing. There are many factors to consider including the opportunity cost (what are we giving up?) or the investment required to pursue the opportunity.

There actually may be times when, as leaders, we should take a pass or even retreat. When retreating is the best option, there likely may still be opportunities to learn and to prepare for the next challenge. Charging headlong into each challenge may not be the best path. Retreating does not automatically mean failure. We must remind ourselves of this.

When we do consider retreating ask yourself — Is this opportunity truly worth pursuing? Is this a battle worth fighting? If the answer is yes to the first question then pursue with vigor. If, by chance, the answer to the second question is no, or a variation of yes – however not at this time – don’t become impatient. Remember that an answer that includes “not at this time” is very different than “no”. Use every experience to learn, to train, and to practice in order to become even better positioned for what the future holds and what opportunities you can create along the way in your journey.

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