My favorite coaches have always had one thing in common: It’s the way they treat their players. Regardless of the sport, that’s always been the thing I look for. Gregg Popovich takes his team out for dinners on the road, where they share wine and deep conversations. Phil Jackson used to give players books to read that fit their personalities. Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts gives his guys hugs without reservation. Former Colts Coach Tony Dungy made sure his teams put their imprint on the community. To “serve the community” instead of just doing community service. Even though all of these guys have won at high levels, I respect the fact they know it’s about more than just winning by itself.
Take some time and marinate on the thoughts below – they come from both the experiences of success and mistakes. Some I did well and others I wish I’d done a little more and better – hopefully my next coaching opportunity will allow me to do so…..
”FOUR VERY IMPORTANT WORDS A LEADER CAN SAY…..IN 3 DIFFERENT WAYS”
1. I CARE ABOUT YOU
- You must go deeper than just getting buckets/landing accounts – care about the “whole” – their overall well being.
- Live this out by ACTIONS – Actions don’t just speak louder than words…..they SCREAM louder than words.
2. I’M IN WITH YOU
- Build and maintain “The Partnership” – Meet them where they are and challenge their growth…and yours.
- When it’s time to say “MY FAULT”…do so. Then reset the right course for the group. Move on and forward.
3. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU
- The question for everyone in the building…..”Is our LOGO bigger than my EGO?” (Can’t be the reverse!)
- ”BE SELFISH TO DEVELOP YOURSELF…BE SELFLESS TO PERFORM FOR THE TEAM” – Developing individually should always be encouraged and should never stop. When it’s time to compete? It’s “Just Us”
- Every role makes it all work. Be an absolute STAR in your role (Doc Rivers) and DO YOUR JOB (Belichick)
I hope these nuggets give you something to think about, and hopefully they’ve helped a bit. Four words. Stated in three different ways. I’m sure you have love for your players or employees. There’s a great way to spell love…T-I-M-E. If you’re hunting for “uncommon” and “exceptional” performances….give your people the best of yourself.
Keep It Moving,