3 Leadership Lessons from the 2018 College Football National Championship

I am a huge fan of football, especially college football (CFB).  As many know, most of the players at this level play their hearts out in hopes of making it to the next level.  This fact was very apparent during the recent CFP national title game between #4 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and #3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs. 

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith, center, celebrated his game-winning touchdown. Credit David J. Phillip/Associated Press

I’ll tell you, this was by far one of the most enjoyable title games I’ve watched in a while.  When the Tide’s unlikely hero freshman Tua Tagovailoa threw the game-winning 41 yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith in overtime I came out of my chair. This was a thrilling end to an intense battle. 


These Are So Practical You Can Start Employing Them Today

I follow numerous buѕinеѕѕ magazines on Twitter. Sо, when thе hеаdlinе “Whаt It Tаkеѕ To Win” (Inc.com) арреаrеd оn my timеlinе, I knew I had to discuss it here. Thiѕ is whаt аll leaders аrе trying to figurе out, right? Rаthеr thаn an аrtiсlе, it’ѕ асtuаllу a ѕеriеѕ оf five short videos interviewing Howard Sсhultz, thе CEO of Stаrbuсkѕ. I’d ѕау hе knоwѕ a thing or twо аbоut bеing successful against fiеrсе соmреtitiоn! 

Many times in mу coaching practice, wе say that winning iѕ an outcome, nоt раrt оf thе рrосеѕѕ…аnd if we соntrоl the process, wе саn rеаѕоnаblу assume thаt the оutсоmе will bе positive in оur favor.  


6 Pitfalls Each Leader Should Avoid

Sports performance is a demanding industry. Results, not good intentions, are the measure of success on the playing field or in the fitness room, and poor leadership will jeopardize success. Everyone likes to talk about what makes a leader successful but knowing what causes a leader to fail is just as significant.

Recognizing the pitfalls will help a coach or sports director to avoid them. Here are some of the more common reasons why a highly talented leader will ultimately fail.


How Does Your Organization Matchup?

Corporate leaders can be skeptical with good reason. It appears every year, or so, another idea comes out of business schools, and academia promotes the latest fad. It translates into workshops and seminars that may go nowhere. Leaders are concerned about goals and objectives. They also want to be sure that they are not the only ones who are involved in the novel notion.

 Emotional intelligence on the surface sounds like another Harvard case study concept. However, there is more to emotional intelligence than the research. Several very important companies are promoting emotional intelligence and winning because of it. 


The Old Days of Management By Decree Are Long Gone Away

Managers, supervisors, and team leaders spend a lot of time in meetings and conferences. What most of them do not want is to have yet another training session which goes nowhere. The same applies to any skill development that appears meaningless. 

For any organization to develop emotional intelligence, the value of the exercise must be known. In other words, the “what’s in it for me?” foundation of adult learning must be clear.


These 4 EI Focus Areas Will Improve a Team's Competitive Edge

What I mentioned in the last article emotional intelligence is not a complicated process. You can develop the emotional intelligence you have, making some significant changes in certain areas, and be a more effective leader consequently.

 However, as I also mentioned earlier, developing emotional intelligence requires more than a two-day seminar. It is a process by which you can use emotional intelligence to your own advantage.


If You Don't Currently Have These Traits You, You Will Want to Develop Them

The person who first discovers literature on emotional intelligence might roll his or her eyes. It sometimes sounds like a new wave approach to meditation or consciousness raising. You have to read beyond the first paragraph to understand that emotional intelligence is something every leader needs to be aware of and cultivate.

It seems to be a common belief that a person’s IQ determines success and that is incorrect. Emotional intelligence is an intangible means by which a person handles social interactions and resolves problems.


7 Ideas Leaders Should Consider When Leading Today's Workforce

Millennials are becoming increasingly more present in the workforce. The American economy is not seen anything like this since the Baby Boomers, and the new workers are challenging management theories. Managers will have to find ways to lead these young people and try to get as much productivity out of them as possible.

The Main Millennial Traits

Millennials are very sociable and enjoy fast pace work environment. They were born and raised along with social media and are expert in the use of the various platforms.


Get Over Yourself...You Are Not That Important After All

A leader has an ego, and there is nothing wrong with that. This person wants to succeed and have the results show he or she knows how to manage people. The difficulty arises when a leader does not fully understand how to keep self-interest in check. There is a certain level of selfishness that is important, but it cannot be excessive.


5 Areas a Leader Should Focus Energy to Improve Organizational Performance

A leader on paper does not mean much. A title sounds impressive, but it is not much more than an identification tag if a leader lacks certain skills. This person must be able to persuade a team of employees to put forth the effort. In some cases, this could mean a lot of productivity is expected, and a good leader must produce the results.

Fortunately, this is not impossible to do. A good leader has some motivational skills which can move subordinates forward. Motivational expertise comes from understanding the people reporting to him or her.