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Make sure to take charge of your team!

The number one thing is to show genuine concern and appreciation for the people doing the hard work.  Great leaders forge strong connections through both words and actions.  They walk the talk.  When you have loyal and dedicated followers they will scale mountains for you.

 Unfortunately too many leaders are either too task oriented or too relationship oriented.  The most successful leaders I see have found a beautiful balance between those orientations.

 Secondly make clear connections between personal vision and company vision.  Make sure the people can see their own personal gain for all of their hard work.  Great companies have simple and clearly articulated compensation systems.  When the rewards and consequences are clearly outlined hard-working, smart people take care of their own accountability for results.

 Lastly, learn how to have some fun.  Some of the most hard-working, productive and successful teams I work with also know how to have fun and not take any of it too seriously.  Mood has a huge impact on productivity and focus.  Great leaders have an artful way of creating environments that have intensity with lightheartedness and humanity. 

 As we all know, is a highly competitive world out there.  It is going to take hard work, dedication and focus to succeed financially.  But that doesn’t have to mean at the cost of human spirit.  We aren’t going to go back to the days of factory work/sweatshops.  Successful companies of the future are creating highly productive, hard-working, yet intrinsically rewarded workers.  It can be done I see it happening.

Coaching Leader Quality 20 – Ability to Articulate and Model the Values

Great coaching leaders know the importance of clearly articulated and practiced values.  The values act as a compass for both leadership and team behaviors and norms.

In 2001 when the Phoenix Suns’ Jason Kidd was involved with domestic violence, Suns’ owner, Jerry Colangelo, had a dilemma.  Kidd was one of the team’s most potent weapons, but he also was a direct contradiction to the Suns’ stated values of family and community.

At the end of the season, Colangelo did the unthinkable and traded Kidd.  The trade created a bit of short term panic for fans, but in the end an even stronger and more loyal fan base because Mr. Colangelo was willing to make that decision.  That sent quite a message to the remaining players.

  • Posted by Pete Walsh
  • Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
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Coaching Leader Quality 19 – Creates Great Teams of Assistant Coaches

Great coaching leaders not only build great teams of performers, they build a great team of assistant coaches.  In many cases the assistants go on to become great coaches in their own right.

A cohesive team of assistant coaches allows great coaching leaders to leverage their process and build deeper and stronger organizations.

Bill Shover modeled this impeccably.  Each year, even though he might be working with new assistant coaches, volunteer fathers and friends, the players enjoyed consistent styles and approaches due to Bill’s excellent leadership.

Of course not every assistant coach scenario worked perfectly.  On one warm afternoon bill invited Jerry Colangelo, the coach of the Phoenix Suns, to come throw batting practice.  Having a local sports hero pitching to us was a thrill, especially at age twelve.

  Jerry appeared to be a talented hurler, except for one small problem.  As each left handed hitter came up he proceeded to hit him with a pitch.  By the time I came up to bat, as a leftie, I was shaking in terror expecting to be hit.  Sure enough, six pitches later, a fast ball struck me squarely on the elbow and sent me to the dirt writhing in pain.  As it turned out, it was worth the pain because Bill and I have enjoyed retelling the story to this day!

  • Posted by Pete Walsh
  • Monday, December 27th, 2010
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Coaching—The Perfect Combination of Two Energies

Tamara Woodbury speaks about the “masculine and feminine archetypes” and the need in the business world to find the best of both of those types. I believe the coaching leader is the perfect combination of the two.

While there are various interpretations of the male and female archetypes, I like to boil it down to a simple comparison. The masculine archetype is typically about conquering and dominating. The feminine archetype is about nurturing, sustainability and community.

Coaching leaders are strong and demanding, yet want to see their team members grow, thrive and reach their potential. The coaching leader has an almost parental relationship with their coachees.

  • Posted by Pete Walsh
  • Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
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Persistence is the road to breakthrough in CEO Coaching

I’m coaching a client over the past 90 days and we were working on him coaching one of the members of his team.  In my CEO coaching I am always helping the leader develop their unique coaching stand.  I encourage them to repeat the coaching messages over and over again.  While it seems repetitive and mundane, and leaders at times lose faith along the way — many times the breakthrough is just around the corner.  Great coaching leaders are determined and never give up!

So this week the client showed up with a breakthrough.  He said he was working with his stubborn employee and had been giving him the same message for several weeks and this week it finally got through!.  He said to the employee “I will lead you to success if you let me”. The employee said finally, and almost with relief, “I know.”

The client said to me “you said keep saying it and eventually he will hear it, but I’ll be honest with you I didn’t think it was going to occur.”  Well it did!

Decide upon your unique coaching stand, hone your messages, and repeat them time and time again!  You never know when the breakthrough is going to occur, but when it does it will have been worth all of the time and effort. 

Share with me a recent breakthrough you have had as a leader.

  • Posted by Pete Walsh
  • Monday, June 28th, 2010
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