Monthly Archives: December 2014

Micromanagement Reinforced

If I am a micromanaging leader, it is likely because I do not trust my team to complete their tasks without my direct involvement. There might be great reasons for this. A person may not have had the time or success to earn the trust required to release them to the guide stage of coaching. Here are

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The Lingering Step of Micromanagement

There seems to be a running joke about leaders who micromanage. Micromanager’s insecurity and lack of trust in their team gets exposed and very often, they are the last ones on the team to realize it. I believe that micromanagement is simply a lingering step of coaching that is perpetuated by a lack of trust and communication.

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Patience is Underrated

I have learned that patience preempts so many mistakes. I can remember so many times when I have jumped the gun or forced a situation simply because I couldn’t wait like I should have. I create my own sense of urgency either by my inability to wait or poor planning that demands last-minute action. Impatience is not

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Chasing the Game

Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback. His coach explains why by describing him as someone who never chases the game. Chasing the game happens when we force our will on a situation. This is less effective because situations are far more complex than our myopia. Variables that are outside our control usually do not line up with

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Out of Our Control

Great team leaders know when to honor a job well done, even if it didn’t result in the desired outcome. They recognize that not every circumstance is within the team’s control and those variables can account for disappointing results. To constantly second guess a team based on circumstances creates a poor outlook on the team. With that

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Pounding the Rock

Coach Nick Saban is one of my favorite football coaches. I heard of a motivational speech that he borrowed from The San Antonio Spurs. Coach Saban encouraged his team to simply “pound the rock”. He described the way a mason commits to hundreds of strikes on a stone before it finally cracks the way he wants it

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Correction Correlation

Team corrections should always include a reasonable timeline. Corrections should be initiated based on needs or opportunities to improve. Some improvements can take effect quickly. Quick change happens when a small adjustment is needed. Large adjustments require a commitment to the time it takes to make the adjustments. If the team had a bad habit that was

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Over-Reaction Monday

I absolutely love that ESPN has a segment called over-reaction Monday. It’s where everyone talks about what the events of the previous day mean for the immediate future. It’s hilarious to watch them discuss, in a tongue in cheek way, the extreme possibilities based on one recent game. Great teams understand what information matters and when that

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The YouTube Wannabe and Wikipedia Grad

If I know enough about something to not have to ask a true expert, I become dangerous to my team. The team is now in danger of the mediocrity that comes with skipping years of training with a “how to” video on YouTube or reading an article on Wikipedia. I am not disparaging either of those useful

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Dangerous Information

In the Information Age it is difficult to appreciate true experts. Nearly everyone has access to enough information to satisfy their curiosity right in their pocket if they know how to properly use a search engine. This makes most people “informed” enough on any subject to be dangerous. The danger lies within the quality of information they

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