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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 is most important to you?

To better assist youth athletes in their growth and development, it is beneficial to have insight into their viewpoint. As a part of the assessment preceding a training seminar, I survey the youths who will be attending with questions that help me understand their perspective. During my recent training in Katy, Texas with the Program 15 Baseball Development Program, I posed a question to a group of young men between the ages of 9-18. The athletes were asked, “What is…

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Athletes – Would you follow you?

I posed this question to leaders and it can also be posed to young athletes: “Would you follow you?” To be a successful leader amongst your peers, you must first be a good teammate and dedicated player. You must also know how to follow to be able to successfully lead.  Leadership is a learned skill – it is the character traits guiding the leader’s behavior that defines that person’s ability to gain the respect of his or her followers.  Think of…

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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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