It's Game Time. Are You Ready?

by blogadmin 19. September 2018 01:36

  

Rhoda Kreuzer | Team Building Edition | Septembet 19, 2018

Are you ready? 

Recently, I watched the Detroit Lions walk on the field and disappoint their fans yet again. They lost by 30 points. Even worse than the score, was the fact that this was a home game, and was against an opponent that no one expected to win. How could this happen?

Teams may have the uniform, they may be present physically, but the real determination of success is whether they are committed and prepared to execute. Even talented people will fail if they are not focused on the importance of mission. They will enter their day just going through the motions and leaving. This will not create success.

Today and every day begin by asking yourself, "Am I ready to have an impact? Am I focused on the critical things that must happen for us to advance?" Make every day count! Treasure this opportunity to assist your team in advancing towards the goal!

Go Get 'Em,

Rhoda 

Same Roster, Different Leadership. Better Results.

by blogadmin 4. September 2018 03:03

See full article by Psychologist Ryne Sherman, Ph.D.

Sports are an excellent laboratory for understanding how leadership impacts organizational effectiveness. Consider the case of the Florida Atlantic University football program.

In the fall of 2011 there was a great deal of excitement in Boca Raton as it was the opening season for a brand new, $70 million football stadium. The season, however, was disappointing for FAU fans with a finish of 1 win and 11 losses. And they could never fill their stadium more than half-full. The legendary Howard Schnellenberger, retired and stepped down as coach.

The team did not fare much better over the next 5 seasons. Carl Pellini was hired, but resigned for alleged illegal drug use. Charlie Partridge took over, but was fired. Finally, FAU hired Lane Kiffin as head coach for the 2017 season. Without a full season to recruit, Kiffin was faced with the same players who had just produced back-to-back 3-9 records. For this reason, what happened in 2017 was remarkable:

- An 11-3 record, their best ever

- A team record 58 points in a game against Old Dominion

-Breaking that record with 69 points in the game against North Texas the following week.

- Scoring 73 offensive touchdowns, tied for 3rd in the nation.

-An undefeated record of 8-0 in conference play.

- Winning the conference championship with a 41-17 victory over North Texas.

-Becoming Boca Raton Bowl Champions with a 50-3 win over Akron. 

Same roster. Different leadership. Vastly Different Results. Despite having the same players, the team looked vastly different. The 2016 team looked lost and panicked on critical plays. The 2017 team reacted beautifully to a 4th-and-goal situation. No panic. They knew exactly what play to run and how to execute it in the situation.  That's preparation. Preparation that can only come from leadership.

View FAU's 4th and goal clip 

In the 1970's and 80's, the consensus among leadership researchers was that leadership is situationally-driven. That is, leadership and organizational outcomes were entirely based on circumstances outside individual control. In the decades since, we've proven over and over again that who is in charge has dramatic consequences for performance in sports, business, and politics. Lane Kiffin was placed in the excact same situation as his predecessors. the results of this natural experiment once again confirm the hypothesis that leadership matters.

As for 2018, FAU begins the season as 21-point underdogs and may never flourish as much as 2017. BUT, I wouldn't bet against Kiffin and his team.

 

 

How Do 4-Star Generals Create Amazing Teams?

by blogadmin 15. March 2018 02:26

Our U.S. military is known for generating extrordinary leaders through values, team work, and communication. What methods can we glean from these principles ot make our own teams stronger? How can we create high-performing leaders that work together?

Retired General Ann E. Dunwoody is the first woman in the U.S. military to have achieved the rank of 4-star general, which she received in 2008 as a member of the U.S. Army. In her last assignment, she led the largest global logistics command in the Army: over 69,000 military and civilian personnel in over 140 countries with a budget of 60 billion dollars. Today, she leads and serves on the boards of several communications, logistics, and mentoring firms. Kevin Kruse of Forbes recently sat down with Gen. Dunwoody where she gave her best advice for leaders and how to hold people accountable. 

WHAT LEADERSHIP ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A MANAGER?

No matter what level you are, make every person on your team count. Everybody has something to contribute. And if you can bring the best out in each of your team members then you're going to have a great team, but that also requires you to reward good behavior. So, when you have those people who are exceeding the standards and doing a great job for your team, that you acknowledge that, that you pat them on the back, you shake their hand, you give them the t-shirt, you give them the bonus, whatever.

And, likewise, the harder part of that equation is when you have people that aren't meeting the standard, who are dragging the team down, you have to deal with them as well. Either corrective mentoring, counseling, or try to get them on board, or something to make sure they don't drag the team down.

And, I believe this, people want to be a part of a high performing organization. They want to make a difference, but they want to be appreciated. And so, when you recognize those people are going to get on that side of the team, they want to be part of those who are getting the handshake, no one wants to be told they are not doing well. So, in my experience, that's how you build high performing organizations from the smallest team to the highest level.

So, reward the good performance, take care of the ones not carrying their load, and you will create amazing teams. For more quality advice, read her latest book, A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female 4-Star General.

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