One of the traditions we are inundated with is the playing of a vast number of college football ‘bowl’ games.
As part of the tradition, I will actually watch a few key match-ups on television. However, this season I was recovering from knee surgery (ironically a result of my younger football playing days), so I was in a position to watch a few more games than I typically do.
I’m glad I did, because the repetition exposed me to a number of situations which reminded of a number of critical, but yet fundamental, lessons for leaders of business who want to build a winning team. Here are my top 5:
Lesson #1: Never give up – If you get behind or things aren’t working out, try something different. Keep the goals and vision alive. Introduce new concepts. Failure should not be an option.
Lesson #2: Never think they’ve made it – Complacency is a disaster waiting to happen. Good week, good month, good quarter is irrelevant. Learn from your successes and your short comings. Adjust as you move forward. Stretch your goals to achieve more.
Lesson #3: Have bench players ready – You never know when you’ll need someone to step up, but you will eventually, therefore you must invest in their development. Fix your weakest link and professional growth and development plans for everyone. Get serious about formal mentoring in your organization.
Lesson #4: Perform as a team – Individuals who try to do too much on their own are missing the concept and benefits of team. Mutual respect, cooperation, communication and collaboration all contribute to the building of trust and teamwork. Essential to team success.
Lesson #5: Individual performance’s do matter – Everyone must do their job for the team to achieve maximum results. Back to individual development. Understanding of the big picture is critical to performance. Add encouragement and recognition also helps.
My leadership tip for you this week is to prepare your team to have the best year possible.
I’m not sure what this means in your world. However, remember the words of Benjamin Franklin, if you ‘fail to prepare, be prepared to fail’.
Get ready, it’s going to be a fantastic year.