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Issue 602 - "Find The Best-Get Rid Of The Rest" (Liz Wiseman)

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12 Issue 602
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Liz Wiseman is a bestselling author, researcher, and elite leadership coach. 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 John Wooden did with regards to team building: "Find The Best-Get Rid Of The Rest".
In her book, Multipliers, Wiseman put it this way:
"Great leaders go beyond just giving people resources. They remove the impediments, which quite often means removing the people who are blocking and impeding the growth of others. In almost every organization there are people who overrun others, consuming the resources needed to fuel the growth of people around them. Like weeds in a garden bed, they choke the development of the intelligence around them."
Wiseman described the journey of K.R. Sridhar, who co-founded Bloom Energy in 1990. The company had revenues of $972 million in 2021 with targeted revenues of $20 billion in 2031. K.R. built the company by recruiting the most elite scientists in their fields with one rule: "No prima donnas—leave your ego at the door and work as a team."
Within this elite team, one technologist was particularly indispensable. The gentleman, despite clear requests by K.R., refused to work as a team player. Although he appeared to be irreplaceable for their first big project, K.R. fired him. The culture was established, and the company never missed a beat.
In his essay "Selecting the Squad", John Wooden wrote: "Be alert for potential troublemakers and get rid of them. An employee or player who is respected because of their skill set but has a negative attitude can undermine the energy of the team. They make everybody worse."
Are you clear in your expectations or do you have "weeds choking your garden"?

Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman




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Application Exercise



The Living Beauties

I never knew, until they went,
How much their laughter really meant
I never knew how much the place
Depended on each little face;
How barren home could be and drear
Without its living beauties here.

I never knew that chairs and books
Could wear such sad and solemn looks!
That rooms and halls could be at night
So still and drained of all delight.
This home is now but brick and board
Where bits of furniture are stored.

I used to think I loved each shelf
And room for what it was itself.
And once I thought each picture fine
Because I proudly called it mine.
But now I know they mean no more
Than art works hanging in a store.

Until they went away to roam
I never knew what made it home.
But I have learned that all is base,
However wonderful the place
And decked with costly treasures, rare,
Unless the living joys are there.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)






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