Shepherd leadership provides a framework to enable teams to reach their full potential. Our first success comes when we embrace the idea that the leader is a role to be played. Continue reading “7 leadership principles for constructing teams of the future”
A team is a living organism and created for a reason. We understand that no team is exactly the same because each is comprised of human beings. Continue reading “What colors make up the best team?”
An open letter to those experiencing unexpected change and what to do about it.
I’m sorry that you are having to go through change. Especially when you did not want it. You were happy and things were going well. Continue reading “Embracing change in the workplace”
When I was a young man in college, I was fortunate to coach soccer through the YMCA. It was so much fun! I was assigned a group children; most of which had never played soccer before. They did their best to my instructions.
It was my responsibility to begin laying a foundation for understanding the game, their role, and how to build a team. In retrospect I think I learned more from them then they ever did from me.
I worked diligently to prepare drills and organized practices that would prepare them to compete against other teams. Part of my responsibility was assigning positions and help them to understand their role on the team.
I didn’t give it much thought then, but in looking back, coaching individuals to play effectively together to fulfill a mission is what many of us continue to do today. Below are five principles I began teaching years ago and how they relate to my current work.
Do any of them resonate with you?
Know our position
Knowing where we are supposed to be gives our teams the best chance to achieve success. We also understand that our current position may change as our environment changes.
It is our responsibility to come prepared. Doing our best doesn’t include waiting for leaders to put a uniform on us. We practice, we learn, we contribute. Our teammates deserve that we bring our best every day so we are ready on game day.
The most effective teams understand that each person has a position to play and when they play it well the team has the best chance for success.
Play our position
We may be asked to play a role for a period of time that is different from the one we would like to play. Our responsibility is to commit to perform our assignment to the best of our ability as we learn and contribute. A mature player masters their role and plays in ways that inspire others to play theirs better.
Stay in the game
Regardless of outcome, when part of a team team we accept that our responsibility is to the team. While the strength of the team lies in the abilities of the players working together, we also appreciate the strength of each individual will be refined as a result of the team. With the right coaching, both the individuals and the team succeed.
Play for the one
Who are we playing for? In the beginning, our underlying motivation for how we train and how we perform may be ourselves. As we mature, we find deeper meaning in how we use our talent. As we look towards the future, we will need to find a reason bigger than ourselves to help us stay in the game.
Shepherding: The art of becoming the leader others want to follow
Making something that endures requires that it be important enough that we trade our precious time and talents to make it happen, that people benefit from it and we build in ways that it might live on to meet future needs in ways we cannot imagine today.
Jim Taylor, PhD writes about the leadership mindset in Psychology Today,
I define mindset as the attitudes, beliefs, and expectations you hold that act as the foundation of who you are, how you lead, and the ways in which you interact with your team.
Each of us are limited by the number of days to leave our mark. Most people I speak with have this understanding which drives them to ask the question, “What I am here for?” Continue reading “Stop chasing results and make impact”
High performing teams require a purpose they believe in, clear goals, and authority to implement the work assigned. Continue reading “3 obtacles blocking high performing teams”