I am a huge fan of Mark Cuban for helping take my Dallas Mavericks to their only NBA World Championship. Mr. Cuban earned extra cool points for even paying for the championship parade to help out the city of Dallas. In the same breath I do fault him for leading us away from a second title— (Tyson Chandler trade). But I digress–
In the below link Mark Cuban shares the importance of self awareness and personal fit—in his journey to success. Enjoy the video series portioned and produced by Inc. Magazine. I highly recommend Cuban’s E-Book on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006AX6ONI?pc_redir=1402095357&robot_redir=1)
for more insight into his past and methods for achieving success.
VIDEO Series: http://bit.ly/1tOJoHI
The basis of this video is that it is natural for us as people to require safety in order to trust and follow others–particularly leaders. Safety in its many forms surfaces as trust, which leads to willingness to act on the behalf of others, which makes us closer as a human unit, tribe, or community.
I am a huge fan of how Sinek has drawn similarities in how we as 21st century humans respond to survival and safety in comparison to early humans who experienced threats against their lives as opposed to their livelihoods.
As I look to lead a new team of strong willed individuals and attach myself to quality organizations, I listened closely to what makes a strong leader and an organization that provides safety that yields engaged performance.
Simon Sinek has a reputation of really peeling back the layers of how people tick. He has one of the most famous TED talks entitled ‘The Golden Circle’ (see below).
The second game of the 2014 NBA Finals is over, and I’m watching The San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Poppovich discuss his team’s performance in a very accountable fashion. Who contributed? Who made appropriate adjustments? What can they do better next game? I watch Tony Parker and Dwayne Wade do the same thing–and I’m thinking–what would that look like in the business world? No hiding behind email, long weekends, PC conversations, or concern for hurt feelings–just raw instant accountability and feedback.
Now, picture your company’s logo splashed across a tablecloth– set high atop a platform where your boss sits. Here he would report to the senior leaders and the industry you belong to –how YOU and your coworkers performed minutes ago on a deliverable. Who contributed? Who could have done better? Who has the largest “opportunity”? The worlds greatest athletes not only face constant scrutiny and access, but the ultimate in. Instant 360 feedback.
If you haven’t experienced some form of 360 feedback you are missing out on an opportunity to have true insight into both how others view you, and possibly what humble pie tastes like. What would this type of accountability do for your existing team? Would it bring turmoil, truth, or trust? Wouldn’t it lead to growth if you were committed to receiving the feedback? We may never experience the bright lights of top college and professional accountability, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to replicate it.
Next up to the podium– [Your boss’ name here]…
Mario and Yoshi come to mind when I think of what type of competitive edge is required to overcome new hurdles in both the real and virtual world. I can’t help but remember “back in the day”, seeking to advance in an intense game of Mario and getting to a point where I (Mario) couldn’t jump high enough or far enough to continue the level with Yoshi (my competitive edge).
To this day I continue to be a large proponent of that competitive edge, and I have found it through a learning relationship with emotional intelligence and the discipline required to become the most clear thinker one can be in any given circumstance.
Recently I stumbled across and HBR Ideacast on my recent road trip home from Dallas to Houston. The theme of the article was around the role anxiety plays in clear thinking and quality decision making. Struggling with this can come from battling ones own internal dialogue, or it can surface from a lack of a discernment with regard to who to trust.
My dad quotes the bible often and has shared one of its principles that reads– ” there is wisdom in many counselors”– and I believe it– and would add that there is also wisdom in FIRST keeping a cool head/exercising–EQ . This becomes the key to a higher leek of discerning whom to take advice from in times of anxiety and ambiguity.
As much as I hate those countless posters that read “Keep Calm and (fill in the blank)” It’s the first important step to clear thinking and quality decisions free of emotion.
Listen, engage, discern and enjoy!
More than ever companies value engaged associates. This means that organizations must allow for space and realizations that explain how people connect with each other and their work. What makes them happy? What helps inspire creativity? How do they learn best–(Somewhat Question 3 on Gallup’s Engagement Survey)?
The TED Talk given by a 13 year old student details the one common desire we as humans aspire to regardless of our countless differences–and it is happiness. In his TED talk he shares his educational journey to arrive at driving happiness while fulfilling a new found affinity for learning– which is no longer a chore when introduced in the right setting. Could this be established in the work place? Besides just at places like Google?
You would assume that striving to create the perfect climate for employees to succeed, would be a strategy for most organizations. But how an organization establishes a culture driven by transparency and a healthy feedback loop to create holistically satisfied productive associates makes all the difference in levels of employee engagement, and in the end–the bottom line.
We now live in a time where retweets, likes, and immediate acceptance drive our opinions and sometimes even our level of motivation. So I will
leave it to successful fashion designer Mark Ecko to articulate details of the importance of authenticity for personal satisfaction, as a compass during trying times, and as a muse to your ambitions .
Mr. Ecko also details the importance of creating space for yourself to reflect and/or meditate to arrive at clear thinking to reduce clutter and distractions that can cause your efforts to fall short of reflecting your personal established core competences (aka values). Listen and connect.
Inc. Magazine: Mark Ecko Video Interview Series: http://www.inc.com/marc-ecko/marc-ecko-ecko-unltd-authentic-entrepreneurship.html