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Friday, October 09, 2009

The Reason Tiger Woods Is Number One


What It Takes to be Number 1

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

"There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.

"Every time a football player goes to play his trade he's got to play from the ground up — from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's O.K. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.

"Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization — an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win — to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is.

"It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they are there — to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules — but to win.

"And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

"I don't say these things because I believe in the "brute" nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle — victorious."

Vince. Lombardi, NFL Hall of Fame Coach
1913 - 1970



This video really is what life is all about. About striving to be better, doing things outside your 'comfort zone' and not giving up. It focuses on sports but it can be applied to any dream you have in life. The trick is to have a strong emotional attatchment to your goal to drive you forward.



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The Leader in You


Nothing is Impossible!

This video brings home the message that our sporting heroes work hard for their success everyday:


President Obama Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced today that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

Fierce Leadership

Fierce Leadership by Susan Scott is a remarkable leadership book for its candor and practicality. She gets to the heart of many relationship issues that prevent us from really connecting with others and limit our performance.

Though the title may seem provocative, the term fierce refers to the type of leadership that engages and connects with people at a deep level. The fierce leaders’ most valuable currency is relationships and emotional capital. Scott writes, “Everywhere, people are hungry to connect, to be seen and known as the unique individuals they are, and this has an immediate and powerful impact on how we design business strategies and market our products and services and ultimately on whether our businesses succeed or fail. Yet much business communication is still stuck in the information age. Too often we treat our conversations and our relationships as we do our e-mails—one way, directive, quick, clipped, efficient.”

Scott suggests another approach to some widely accepted "best practices" moving for instance, from 360 Anonymous Feedback — to 365 Face-to-Face Feedback. The goal here is to have “open, honest, face-to-face conversations, 365 days a year, with the people central to your success and happiness…. When we stay current with one another, our formal performance reviews will contain few, if any, surprises.”

She also suggests a change in emphasis from Hiring for Smarts — to Hiring for Smarts and Emotional Intelligence, from Holding People Accountable — to Modeling Accountability and Holding People Able, from Employee Engagement Programs — to Real Engagement, from Client Centricity — to Client Connectivity, and from Legislated Optimism — to Radical Transparency. The exercises at the end of each chapter are designed to help you implement these ideas in your own leadership role and have been well thought out.

Some leadership lessons: 
  • A careful conversation is a failed conversation because it merely postpones the conversation that wants and needs to take place.
  • What argument am I waging? Are you waging? What are we trying to be right about? The question is not whether our beliefs are right or wrong. We can tell the stories, point to the evidence, build an impressive case. You’re right! Who could possibly argue with the facts? The question is, how are your beliefs working for you?
  • John Doerr said, “The moment of truth is when you ask, ‘Are these the people I want to be in trouble with for the next five, ten, fifteen years of my life?’ Because as you build a business, one thing’s for sure: You’ll get in trouble.”
  • In meetings, people stubbornly cling to their ideas (sometimes at length!) in an attempt to impress others with the brilliance of their thinking. Their goal is to influence. It does not occur to them that an equally valid goal would be to be influenced, to have their own learning provoked. Nothing new emerges, because individuals are focused on being right rather than on making the best possible decisions for the organisation.
  • The culture is not some nebulous and mysterious force out there somewhere. You are the culture. I am the culture. And each of us shapes that culture each time we walk into a room, pick up the phone, send an e-mail. Fierce leaders know that they influence the culture one conversation at a time, responding honestly or guardedly when asked what they think.


Talent Management in a Recession

Best-selling business author Jim Collins once wrote that “[Good to Great Companies] are rigorous, not ruthless … To be rigorous, not ruthless, means that the best people need not worry about their positions and can concentrate fully on their work.”

Experience suggests that the following recommendations are essential for C-level executives during turbulent times:

  • Get ready ahead of time - you need to be ready to start the engine and open up the throttle at any time.
  • Make good use of bad times to prepare for recovery by investing ahead of the cycle in leadership that creates a good business and productive working atmosphere.
  • Make sure you have the right leaders on board to drive the organization and multiply their impact through their leadership team.
  • Focus on the right leadership competencies for your business and develop the skills of your individuals and leadership teams to keep your talent from walking.
  • Ensure alignment of business and people strategy, and make people issues a priority – leaders should be communicating consistently and frequently.
By studying the profiles of leaders who have succeeded under difficult and uncertain circumstances, the following five competencies appear to be the most critical for success:
  • Strategic orientation: demonstrating complex thinking to refocus and develop insightful new strategies, reshape core business units and align work cultures.
  • Change leadership: driving for improvement through people, transforming and aligning an organization in a new and challenging direction, possibly reinventing the company, keeping people onboard through tough times and difficult decisions.
  • Team leadership: building effective groups and leading successfully under difficult circumstances, providing guidance and support in times of insecurity.
  • Results-focus: boosting business results and focusing on the right (re)sourcing instead of downsizing, ensuring execution and follow-through.
  • Building capability: strengthening the organisation by acquiring top talent and developing teams and potential successors with special projects and behavioural feedback.
The current economic environment and its unparalleled recession are certainly placing unusual stresses on today’s senior managers. However, focusing on a clear business strategy to beat the competition and ensuring that you have the right talent in place to deliver that strategy in these difficult times will certainly create a more positive can-do environment and a more powerful team performance with which to tackle the situation and steer through the storm.