It’s a good feeling, it validates you’re on the correct page with your thinking and depending on how large the issue is, your resolve is heightened.
I read an article a little while back that made me smile and reinforced my believe in how leaders lead. I wanted to turn it into a leadership tip for you … and today is the day.
The article was about the massive changes the Athletic Director at Arizona State University, Ray Anderson, was undertaking at ASU. You can read the entire article here if you want.
Coach Ray (as I know him from coaching against him in 10-year old baseball 20-years ago) is doing what I’m thinking many leaders need to do, but many don’t, or can’t. If you don’t have time to read the article, here are the best leadership takeaways:
“We came in and set the tone of we don’t really care how it’s been done before,” Anderson said. “Get out of your silos, get out of your old way of thinking. We’re going to blend it into a new model. Everyone needs to be up for that and excited about being creative and innovative and be able to push back, to be able to have input and try new things. The results have shown that leadership has gotten us to some new places.”
‘He’s been a results guy,” said basketball coach Bobby Hurley, who was hired by Anderson in 2015. ”He’s gotten things done and that’s what you’re looking for from the leader of your athletic department.”
”There’s so much going on here and there’s such a great energy,” Anderson said.
”Everybody’s winning and that’s exciting.”
”When we hired all of our new coaches, we were looking for some of that drive, that hunger to be the best: I want to be elite, I want to build a program that’s really going to be really outstanding,” Anderson said.
My leadership tip for you this week is multi-layered:
- If you have silos, tear them down with your vision of a ‘single-organization.’
- Be the leader who focuses on results and has the organization focused on them as well.
- Create an environment where everyone is so excited you can feel the energy.
- Surround yourself with the right people who will help the organization become who you want it to become.
In summary, hire the best, get them excited about the future, eliminate silos and achieve fantastic results.
Exactly what I was thinking – thanks Coach Ray.