The Greatest Story Ever

Leaders in the business world sure do love a good sports story. Those heroic tales of courage, resiliency, leadership, and will to win. We love them because we can use them to inspire and motivate business teams. Sports and business after all are both battlefields of sorts. One is a battle on the fields and in the gyms; the other is a battle in the marketplace. The learnings are easily transferable.

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Letting Young Filipino Talent Rise to the Occasion

One of my smartest bosses, Laurent Philippe, once said to me, “Always lean forward and promote exceptional young talent.” We were having a discussion in Morocco 25 years ago about a young marketing prodigy in P&G Maroc. The usual “lack of experience” issue was being talked about. Laurent cut through all of it with his principle of “leaning forward” and believing in young talent.

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So, What’s your Excuse?

When I was a US Junior National coach in track and field 34 years ago, at a major competition one of my star runners ran poorly in the heats and failed to qualify for the finals. I met him as he returned to our area in the stands and asked him what happened. I can still remember the exchange like it was yesterday

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What’s Your Personal Trump Coefficient?

Like many around the world, I sit in a state of shock and downright abhorrence of the prospect of a Donald Trump US presidency. The fact that he “likely won’t win an election matchup” with the eventual Democratic nominee assuages the anguish little. He still has made it this far. And he has mobilized what can only be described as a mob of hatred and bigotry.

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Do you Want Love or Respect?

One of the most crucial roles of any leader is in coaching their teams. Developing people is at the foundation of great leaders. Nobody can do it alone, and building up the skills and capabilities of one’s team is the only sure way to sustainable success in business. Coaches must establish with their teams a basis for how coaching will work. Both the coach and the subordinates want something on a human level from this coaching relationship. The subordinate most often wants to improve, to grow, to progress through coaching, to feel the satisfaction of seeing themselves improve.

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