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Issue 604 - "Don’t Pass Along the Pressure" (Liz Wiseman)

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"DON’T PASS ALONG THE PRESSURE" (LIZ WISEMAN)

 
 
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,
 
 
Craig Impelman
 
 
 
 


 

 

 

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COACH'S FAVORITE POETRY AND PROSE

 

At Sugar Camp

At Sugar Camp the cook is kind
And laughs the laugh we knew as boys;
And there we slip away and find
Awaiting us the old-time joys.
The catbird calls the selfsame way
She used to in the long ago,
And there's a chorus all the day
Of songsters it is good to know.

The killdeer in the distance cries;
The thrasher, in her garb of brown,
From tree to tree in gladness flies.
Forgotten is the world's renown,
Forgotten are the years we've known;
At Sugar Camp there are no men;
We've ceased to strive for things to own;
We're in the woods as boys again.

Our pride is in the strength of trees,
Our pomp the pomp of living things;
Our ears are tuned to melodies
That every feathered songster sings.
At Sugar Camp our noonday meal
Is eaten in the open air,
Where through the leaves the sunbeams steal
And simple is our bill of fare.

At Sugar Camp in peace we dwell
And none is boastful of himself;
None plots to gain with shot and shell
His neighbor's bit of land or pelf.
The roar of cannon isn't heard,
There stilled is money's tempting voice;
Someone detects a new-come bird
And at her presence all rejoice.

At Sugar Camp the cook is kind;
His steak is broiling o'er the coals
And in its sputtering we find
Sweet harmony for tired souls.
There, sheltered by the friendly trees,
As boys we sit to eat our meal,
And, brothers to the birds and bees,
We hold communion with the real.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)

 

 

 

 

 

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