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"DON’T PASS ALONG THE PRESSURE" (LIZ WISEMAN)
John Wooden Video Clip (26 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "When people reflect on your life how would you like to be remembered?" Quite a question to ask yourself.
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 a must read. In her research of over 150 leaders worldwide, she described a behavior that great business leaders and John Wooden had in common: "They Don’t Pass Along the Pressure". In her book she uses Robert Enslin, a legendary executive who has led SAP North America, Google Cloud and Ui-Path over the past 27 years, as an example:
"Robert is known for his calm consistency, but this was tested when he took over the SAP North American business in 2008, just as the global economy was melting down. As spending was locking up and large capital purchases were being put on hold, executives everywhere were beginning to panic. You could feel the tension as you walked through the halls of SAP’s Newtown Square office near Philadelphia.
Inside a conference room, Robert and his new management team were assembled to plan their sales strategy in this new economic environment. Every person on his team knew that Robert had been meeting with the senior executives and was under a lot of pressure. Robert was calm and constant. His team began to wonder if he had skipped the executive meetings. He opened the meeting by acknowledging the severity of the economic issues, but suggested they put them aside. He kept the team focused on the issues within their control.
His team said, "We know he must have been getting pressure from up higher, but he didn’t create anxiety for us. He doesn’t create whiplash for his team."
In his book, The Essential Wooden, Coach Wooden described his approach:
"I removed stress - the kind that comes from a fear of losing or an overeager appetite to win - by focusing exclusively on improvement and teaching the team that ongoing and maximum progress was the standard, our daily goal. I never mentioned winning or beating an upcoming opponent."
Do you: "Pass Along the Pressure?"
Yours in Coaching,
At Sugar Camp
At Sugar Camp the cook is kind
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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