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Great groups need a great coach

Sports and business aren’t as different as they may first seem. In order to effectively lead your team, you’ll need to direct your players. But you’ll also need to encourage them, motivate them, support them…coach them.

Here are some words of wisdom from some sports coaches…

Greatness starts with great people – coaches know that an excellent system can produce a very good team, but to produce a truly great team you need superb talent.

Every great group has a strong leader – the leader has to be worthy of the group.  He or she must warrant the respect of people.  Everyone must have complete faith in the leader’s instincts.

Great groups are optimistic, not pessimistic– great things are accomplished by talented people who think they will accomplish them.  Optimism doesn’t replace talent, but pessimism will prevent talent from blooming.

The leaders of great groups give them what they need and free them from distraction – the coach acts as a buffer between the group members and the things that could complicate their lives or interfere with their performance.

From Great Groups, Great Coaches by Sean McCann USOC Sports Pyschologist
(from Olympian Coach E Magazine)

Does the chair exist?

A lecture hall was packed with philosophy students on their first day of class.

Their grey-haired professor raised his hands above his head and the class began to fall quiet. In one swift movement, the professor grabbed his chair and slammed it onto his desk.

The professor turned around and etched a challenge on the whiteboard – this was to be their first graded assignment.
It read – “Prove to me this chair doesn’t exist”.

Given one hour to complete their essay, all of the students began with haste. Within 30 seconds, one student stood up and handed in his assignment in front of his bemused class.

Can you guess what the student wrote?
“What chair?”
This student received an A for his assignment.

When was the last time you or your team were encouraged to think outside the box?

Enthusiasm is contagious

A burning desire is the greatest motivator of every human action. It can be defined as the difference between a goal and a wish. Without it, you will be unlikely to succeed – no matter how worthy your goal or how workable your plan.

Complementing desire is enthusiasm, the companion of success in every achievement, every worthwhile venture, and every upward step in human progress.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson – American poet, essayist and philosopher

When was the last time you heard the saying “enthusiasm is contagious”? Try it on your team this week and see what sort of results you achieve – be persistent!

As you develop desire and enthusiasm to reach your goal, your teammates will begin to feel this energy.

As more team members develop desire, the momentum builds and your team will be unstoppable.

Creating a highly effective team

When was the last time you reviewed employee effectiveness?

The process team members go through as they develop into a highly effective team has been described in many different ways. Some compare it to making the drive from one large city to another; a map is essential to find the best possible route.

The same is true if your team is just beginning its journey to excellence. Before you begin, you must define at least two essential pieces of information:

  1. Where are you starting?
  2. Where are you going?

The ability to see clearly where you are in your development as a team is critical to your team’s growth and progress.

Set some time aside this month to analyse where your team is at and where you’d like to be. Give them confidence in their roles and empower them to achieve success along all stages of the journey, because after all, they are undoubtedly your most important asset.

The lost balloonist

A man in a hot air balloon is lost. He sees a man on the ground and reduces height to speak to him.

“Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”

“You’re in a hot air balloon hovering thirty feet above this field,” comes the reply.

“Everything you told me is technically correct, but it’s no use to anyone,” says the balloonist.

“You must be in business,” says the man.

“I am,” says the balloonist, “How did you know?”

“Well,” says the man, “You don’t know where you are, you don’t know where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”

leadership classes

Master six essentials for closing the deal

Successful sales workers follow six truths that set them apart as sales professionals.

Leadership Management Australasia chief executive Andrew Henderson says there is a difference between a sales person and a sales professional.

Read the full article from the Gold Coast Bulletin (30/07/14) click here.

Accountability is the key

Once a team has established trust, they have powerful potential to progress to a higher level – accountability among teammates.

In being accountable to each other, everyone takes on the responsibility of leading the team towards the accomplishment of the team’s goals. At this level, team effectiveness and efficiency is multiplied in numerous ways:

  • “Buy-in” or “ownership” of the team increases dramatically
  • Team members develop skills and abilities that contribute to the team and enhance other areas
  • New and innovative solutions are generated
  • Team members focus more on the team’s goals
  • Team members provide feedback, accept constructive criticism and address issues head on

In many organisations, employees are accountable to their managers and to themselves – introduce accountability amongst teammates and enjoy the rewards.

How trust can improve the bottom line

Trust in others and in one’s self is developed only when team members are interdependent – they are respectful, encouraging, loyal, and hard working.

When you display trust in others, showing them that you believe in them and that you have confidence in their skills and abilities to contribute to the team success, they will trust and encourage you to use your skills and abilities to help reach the goal.

For team members who may be struggling with trust, challenge them to let go of some past thoughts, habits, attitudes and activities causing these issues.

A team strengthened by trust minimises stress, eliminates misunderstandings and saves time as you get more done. It also works on the other side of the equation – customers come to believe your organisation keeps its promises and genuinely cares about their needs.

Keep an eye out for next week’s blog post on how to generate trust with accountability

Rocks in a bucket (the funny version)

A lecturer at a university is giving a pre-exam lecture on time management. On his desk is a bag of sand, a bag of pebbles, some big rocks and bucket.

“The is an analogy of poor time management,” says the lecturer, “If you’d have put the rocks in first, then the pebbles, then the sand, all three would have fit. This is much like time management, in that by completing your biggest tasks first, you leave room to complete your medium tasks, then your smaller ones. By completing your smallest tasks first you spend so much time on them you leave yourself unable to complete either medium of large tasks satisfactorily. Let me show you…”

And the lecturer fills the bucket, big rocks first, then pebbles, then sand, shaking the bucket between each so that everything fits.

“But Sir,” says one student, slouched at the back of the theater, “You’ve forgotten one thing….”

At which the student approaches the bucket, produces a can of beer, opens it and pours into the bucket. “No matter how busy you are,” quips the student with a smile, “There’s always time for a quick beer.”

LMA welcomes Alison Tait. LMA – Tait, Sydney NSW

Here at LMA, we are delighted to welcome Alison Tait as a new Sydney Licensee – LMA Tait.

Alison worked in various marketing roles as well as owning a number of small businesses, before making the move to teaching in 2008. Her experience as a trainer and assessor and passion for people development makes her the perfect fit for the LMA business.

Alison is married to Peter and has two girls, Kendelle who is 11 and Mayah who is 8. They also share their home with two much loved Shih-tzu’s Charlie & Bailey.

According to Alison, “What I believe makes LMA different is the LMA learning process which is designed to ensure that individuals are continually engaged in the LMA learning process through superior workshops and learning resources.

The thing that I enjoy the most and find the most rewarding from being involved in education and with LMA is the changes that you see in a participant’s mindset as they progress through the learning process in particular the light bulb moment when they suddenly realise how they can use all this information to improve both their own and team members performance. As they say in the Mastercard Advertisements ‘Priceless’.”

Alison Tait
LMA – Tait
Sydney, New South Wales
0410 548 697