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Issue 601 - "Good Values Attract Good People" (Liz Wiseman)

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12 Issue 601
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Liz Wiseman is a bestselling author, researcher, and elite leadership coach. Some of her clients include Apple, AT&T, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla, and Twitter. In 2019, Thinkers50 recognized her as the top leadership thinker in the world.
Her New York Times bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter is my #1 suggestion for a must read. Wiseman researched over 150 leaders worldwide. Based on her research she came to the same conclusion Coach Wooden came to, in his book with Steve Jamison "Wooden on Leadership", when he wrote: "Good Values Attract Good People."
Wiseman found in the long run that successful managers were Talent Magnets and the unsuccessful managers were Empire Builders. She described it this way:
"The Talent Magnets attract talented people and deploy the talent to its unique fullest potential. They get access to the best talent. People flock to work with them because they know they will grow and be successful. They don’t run out of talent by moving their people on to bigger, better opportunities, because there is a steady stream of talent wanting to get into their organization.
Empire Builders bring in great talent, but they underutilize it because they hoard resources and use them only for their own gain. People may initially be attracted to work with an Empire Builder, but it is often the place where people’s careers die.
Empire Builders insist that they must own and control resources to be more productive. They tend to divide resources into those they control and those they don’t, allowing these artificial separations to hamstring effective use of all resources."
The Empire Builders shine the light on themselves for whatever good results they get. Employees don’t get promoted and their effort  declines. 
John Wooden was the ultimate Talent Magnet because players knew he would challenge and develop them to their fullest potential while discovering and utilizing their unique talents. They knew he would shine the spotlight on them, not himself. Parents trusted him because they knew their children would be developed not exploited.
Do you develop the talent of others or just utilize it?

Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman




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Hard Knocks

I'm not the man to say that failure's sweet,
Nor tell a chap to laugh when things go wrong;
I know it hurts to have to take defeat
An' no one likes to lose before a throng;
It isn't very pleasant not to win
When you have done the very best you could;
But if you're down, get up an' buckle in —
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

I've seen some chaps who never knew their power
Until somebody knocked 'em to the floor;
I've known men who discovered in an hour
A courage they had never shown before.
I've seen 'em rise from failure to the top
By doin' things they hadn't understood
Before the day disaster made 'em drop —v A lickin' often does a fellow good.

Success is not the teacher, wise an' true,
That gruff old failure is, remember that;
She's much too apt to make a fool of you,
Which isn't true of blows that knock you flat.
Hard knocks are painful things an' hard to bear,
An' most of us would dodge 'em if we could;v There's something mighty broadening in care —
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)






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