We must continually learn and one of the best ways is to read books. I have previously posted some books for coaches and books for leaders. Many of these books are by very popular authors and are on most bookshelves across the nation.
However, I have put together a list of 7 books that you might not have heard of but can help you maximize your potential influence and increase your leadership skills.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” (Dr. Seuss)
No truer statement may ever have been uttered. It’s amazing how much you learn after you realize that you don’t have to please everyone.
If you want to please everyone then go sell ice cream.
We all have a boss. Even the President of the U.S. has “We The People” that he has to answer to. Many of us complain about our boss. Unfortunately, not all bosses are top-shelf. If you happen to be a boss, you also might want to read this so that you can stop doing some of this stuff if you are guilty of it.
“Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching you.” (C.S. Lewis)
Have you (or someone that you’ve known) ever said something to the effect of ‘It doesn’t matter if I do what’s right. Nobody notices anyway.’ or ‘Nice guys finish last’. Well, I have a little story that I always think of when it comes to integrity and character.
What if you were a fly on the wall in the break room? What if you were invisible and followed your subordinates around all day? What if you were in disguise and worked side by side with your employees all day long? Would you learn startling new revelations? Would you like what you heard? Would you be happy…frustrated…or sad?
The 2016 NBA Finals was one of the most memorable series in recent history. It truly was historic. In fact, last night ESPN re-aired their 30 for 30 entitled “Believeland”, but this time had a new ending. Cleveland has been the poster child for bad luck and hard times when it comes to sports having not won a championship in any sport since 1964.
“Believeland” pointed this out, agonizingly so, for Cleveland fans. But all of that changed on Father’s Day when the Lebron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers completed the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history and won the NBA Championship. The Cavs were down 3-1 to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors were the overwhelming favorite with Steph Curry, the league’s first-ever unanimous MVP winner (that’s right…Magic, Bird, MJ, Shaq…they never were unanimous).
(originally posted on June 28, 2016)
Today is a sad day not only in Tennessee, but across the nation.
I first wrote those words in April of 2012, when she left coaching at the too young age of 59 after a legendary and unprecedented career and I proclaimed that she was the best ever.
This morning we lost one of the greatest leaders as Pat Summitt her battle with Alzheimer’s type dementia.
All of us have jobs that we have to wake up for each day. Do you like this job? Is it a good place to work with a fun environment? For one company, a CHAMPIONSHIP CULTURE has been built upon doing things a little different than the norm.
The world is always changing. We are always learning more and more. Technology is ever-changing. Athletes are getting bigger, faster, stronger. John Maxwell says that change is inevitable but growth is optional.
My wife and I have lived in 8 places during our marriage. We have seen different cultures, perspectives and belief systems. Ironically, we have found that one thing has remained the same through the years…the world is in a constant state of change.
Your ability to adapt to situations can lead to a higher level of success. As a coach, I was faced with hundreds of decisions each game. Some of them I was prepared for but many of them I was not. I had to be ready to change course if need be. That is life.