leadership

DAARI Part 1 – Discipline

The upcoming series of blogs will focus on 5 fundamental aspects of creating a strong foundation in your life. Whether you are looking at getting into a “leadership role” or you are a young athlete looking to be a leader of your sports team, these 5 areas of focus will help you achieve that those goals. Almost ten years ago I was building a leadership program for the Fortune 500 company where I was a part of the management team.…

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Manage Processes, Not People

You would be hard pressed to find an employee that desires management over leadership.   Since management focuses on the process of a task, many in a leadership role tend to stick in this space as it may be what is most familiar.  It’s much easier to ask someone, “Hey, did you get that done?”  Management is focused on the actual process of a task and leadership is focused on the person’s ability to carry out the task based on teaching,…

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Out of the Box Leadership

Great leaders recognize the importance of individuality within the framework of a team. No team can be successful without the unique skills brought to the group by each member. If everyone were the same, then it would be an assembly line, not a team. The leader’s challenge is to find the harmony between varying talents to orchestrate a cohesive unit that maximizes productivity and success. If a leader does not take the time to get to know each member of…

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What could I have done differently?

There will be many instances in a sports coach’s career where they’ve asked themselves, “What could I have done differently?” I would like to say; I am no different. As a coach of people, I’m always looking for ways to improve and it starts with, “Am I doing things the right way and for the right reason?” This leads me to speak about Pat Summitt. Coach Summitt is one of the GREATEST coaches – either man or woman – to…

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Would you follow you?

Have you ever asked yourself this question: “Would you follow you?” I’ve heard the quote many times, “Leaders are born.” I couldn’t disagree more. In order to be a great leader, you must walk in the footsteps of a follower/learner. You must surround yourself with a positive influence in the form of a teacher or mentor – someone that has learned the ways of a leader and is ready to pass along their knowledge to the next. A good coach/mentor/leader…

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Constructive Feedback

Have you ever wondered about the evaluation process at your organization? Is it as clear for you as it is for your boss and have they thoroughly explained it? From the beginning of our ability to learn and throughout our life, we are continually looking for feedback on our personal and professional performance. As a child, the feedback from our parents, teachers, and coaches set the tone for how we will receive feedback as an adult. Once in the workplace,…

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Managing to Lead

Too often a person is hired or promoted into a leadership role and the “black hole manager” monster immediately gobbles them up. They begin spending more time in the business rather than on the business of teaching, coaching, training and motivating employees. Employees must be armed with knowledge and skills that allow them to work independently and to grow. I’ve always equated a leadership role to a schoolteacher role. Our job as a leader is to transfer knowledge as information…

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Learning to Lead

The most effective coaches are those that have been properly coached. “You must first become a follower before you can become a leader.” Find someone in your organization who you look up to and admire. Ask this person to work with you and help you understand the steps needed to become a good coach/leader. Watch how they carry themselves, interact with their employees, how they motive and respond to daily challenges. There are many steps to becoming a great coach/leader…

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Employee Coaching

Effective coaching in a leadership role requires someone that understands, “It’s not about you, it’s about them.” Strong leaders believe in coaching as a tool and recognize the advantages of coaching their employees. Coaching requires time, which many managers don’t believe they have. Coaching managers ask questions that bring about curiosity and allows for the learner to share thoughts that will eventually lead to a learning opportunity. Learners listen to managers they trust and with whom they have built a…

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