Ask Questions

When in doubt, ask questions. We all think of leadership as standing up in front of a room and delivering an inspiring message to a group. Give them the game plan, tell them what to and how you are going to succeed. In difficult times, it’s letting them know everything will be alright. Make them […]

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Adversity Action Steps: Win Anyway

The core mentality of your organization is crucial when it comes to handling adversity. Although by definition you don’t really know when adversity is going to hit, you can be prepared for it. The mentality within your team is a big part of that preparation. At RIC we started using the term “Win Anyway” to […]

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Color Blind

I’ve had numerous conversations with white people late me who tell me they are “color blind” or they were “raised not to see color.” This excerpt from Michael Eric Dyson’s book “Tears We Cannot Stop” makes a great point regarding that approach. “The civil rights movement that inspired King, that he inspired in turn, has […]

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Adversity Action Steps: Separate From The Results

Continuing with a plan for handling adversity 4. Separate From The Results Does your team understand and believe in your why? Simon Sinek wrote a book (“It Starts With Why”) based on the premise that people “don’t believe in what you do, they believe in why you do it.” The book is just okay, but […]

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Adversity Action Steps: Count On Your Culture

Step 3 of my adversity action plan: 3. Count On Your Culture Your long-term culture is the backbone of your organization. Whether you pay attention to it or not, your team has a culture. How much you do to define it and cultivate it is up to you, but your approach will have a significant […]

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Adversity Action Steps: Have A Plan

Continuing with my action plan for handling adversity: 2. Have A Plan When things don’t go your way or adversity strikes, it’s usually going to be emotional. It’s not going to feel good. You have to start by handling the emotions. As we talked about in step 1, evaluate the situation honestly and see reality […]

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Adversity Action Steps: Evaluate Honestly

I’ve had the opportunity to work with different teams and organizations on leadership development this spring and summer, and one question seems to come up with every group. How do you handle adversity? Handling adversity is something we talk about as coaches and leaders constantly. We know how important it is, and we know that […]

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Talent And Leadership

I don’t think talent has very much with anyone’s ability to lead. I’m a firm believer that leadership is a skill, not a rank. But within the traditional model of leadership, talent certainly gives you the credibility to lead, a mistake we make all too often. I’ve always felt that when a bad player speaks […]

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Dealing With Outside Voices

I was recently on a Zoom call with educator Jeff Duncan-Andrade, a former basketball coach and now a professor of education at San Francisco State University. He has written two books on education, and focuses on the education of underprivileged kids in disadvantaged areas. He has a great approach to teaching and education, so if […]

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Hiring My Staff

When I was close to getting the Maine job in 2014, I knew the most important thing I had to do was hire the right staff. They say when you get a job it’s about two things – who you sign, and who you hire. That will dictate your ability to have success. After 9 […]

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