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.

 

 

3 C's to Success!

by blogadmin 22. August 2018 01:31

  

  

Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership & Team Building | August 22, 2018

Do you or your teammates have the 3 essential characteristics that lead to success? Read carefully through each one and do a quick personal or team assessment.

1. COMMITMENT. Commitment sounds easy, but is much harder to accomplish. In a world where everything is constantly changing, we tend to downplay the importance of commitment. Stick to obligations, appointments, and deadlines. Stay true to your word and follow-through.

2. CARING. Caring seems like a simple attribute. To say someone is caring can be compared to someone sayng someone is patriotic. It is in everyone's power to do, yet so few people really do reach out and care for others. People ask, "How are you?" But, are they really listening to your answer or seem concerned with understanding your needs? Instead, we rush on to the next urgent task.

Success comes when leaders listen and physically, emotionally, spirtually care for those around them. They are present in the moment and touch others with a sense of humanity. It does not matter how large or small, but they take a heartfelt interest in the needs and concerns of those they lead and serve.

3. COURAGE. Courage is addressing the unknown, confronting the difficult, and moving forward because it is the right thing to do. It's when we do not have all the answers, but we continue to strive for our goals. Take the risks if it's right. Courage is seen in the small things of life, not just the big. 

With which "C" do you need to expand your capacity to be an effective leader or team? Focus on strengthening these characteristics over the next few weeks and watch your impact and team grow!

ADDED FEATURE:  7 Ways Parents Can Raise Successful Kids 

All The Best,

Rhoda 

 

BOOST Your Emotional Intelligence At Work

by blogadmin 31. July 2018 00:57

Carol Helsel | HR & Recruiting Edition | July 31, 2018

 

Most people know it's not a good idea to be highly emotional at work. Emotional intelligence or EQ is the ability to identify and manage our emotions. Have you considered, though, our ability to manage other people's emotions? Or what type of emotion we should display for any given situation?

Research suggests that people who are more emotionally intelligent are also more successful at work, in relationships, and stay healthier. Psychologists say it's not easy to improve, but if you are brave and motivated enough to want to learn how others see you, you can make positive changes.

Below are listed first 10 of "21 Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence". Check them out and get a good start onto becoming more emotionally healthy. Do take some more time to read the full article as it is very valuable to overall leadership and personal growth. 

1. Pick one area below to improve on.

2. Surround yourself with people who don't necessarily agree with you.

3. Find a "career" mirror or friend to help you reflect on your emotions.

4. Assign someone to be your "loving critic" at work.

5. Try to see things from another's perspective.

6. Give people the benefit of the doubt.

7. Ask people directly what they are feeling.

8. Learn to empathize without getting overly emotionally invested.

9. Pretend to be humble.

10. Know what sets you off and watch for it. 

Personal Challenge:  What area did you pick to begin working on? How about picking someone to serve as your "career mirror" or "loving critic"? Talk to that person today to begin seeing yourself as others see you.

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