Articles Tagged ‘Life-long learner’

Man’s Best Friend and (teamwork) Teacher

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

One of the ways to remain a life-long learner is to look at every experience you have as an opportunity to learn.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to go dog sledding for the very first time. If you love animals, then you can probably imagine what an amazing experience it was to be in the beauty of the snow, with a synchronized team of dogs who were completely bliss’d out when they ran with the sled trailing behind them.

I couldn’t help but make several analogies about dog sledding and teamwork. Here are a few I want to share:

1. Every single team member is important – from the lead dog to the point and wheel dogs to the team dogs. Each played a vital role in achieving the team’s goal.

2. The musher and the rest of the team knew who the lead dog was, and they trusted their leader.

3. The team stopped and regrouped when they needed to. There were times when we had to stop and check on the team, making sure the lines were not tangled and ensuring we were intact and on course.

4. They had fun and enjoyed the ride. The dogs were the most happy when they were working hard. It never fails when I ask coaching clients or teams that I am working with what they want more of – no matter how busy and overworked they are – they say to be challenged. I believe we all desire to give it all we’ve got. It simply makes work and our lives rich and fulfilling.

So, I have a few questions for you to think about:
• Do all of your team members know how vital their contribution is to achieving the goal?
• Are you leading by example and fostering trust with your team?
• Would it be valuable to pause on a project you are currently working on and re-group your team?
• Are you having fun along the way?

I’d love to hear your feedback. Add your comments below.

Deseri Garcia
Vida Aventura
317-362-4898
www.vidaaventura.net

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Team Sports Can Teach You A Lot About Leadership (Parts 2 and 3)

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Team Sports Can Teach You A Lot About Leadership (Part 2)

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In my previous post I discussed how relevant team sports are in reference to leadership. I mentioned that great team players have integrity and edify their teammates. These attributes are present in great leaders. In this post I will dive into culture, vision and inspiration.

Culture – Life is meant to be enjoyed. It is meant to be fun. Great leaders appreciate this. And, adventure racers thrive on it. If you are not creating an atmosphere your employees ENJOY being, chances are, they are not thriving and neither is your organization…at least not for the long-term.

Employees leave jobs not because of the job, but usually the leader behind the job. Give a lot, laugh a lot. Create a space and culture that is fun and your team will WANT to work with you versus feel like that HAVE to.

Vision – Having a strong and compelling WHY – a reason – a dream – is what compels us to do the things that we know we should do. It takes vision to get MOVING. When my team races we always race with a few clear objectives that we all agree on: to stay safe, race hard, and finish. That almost always lands us in the top of the field.

Having a clear vision and purpose is what separates great leaders from good leaders. They have a clear vision and work to achieve it and others rally to be a part of achieving that vision.

Inspiration – Motivation is about making you do something. Inspiration is about being led are called to act. As a leader you can have a vision all day long, but unless you can inspire others to enroll in your vision, it’s dead. Yes, I said it. Dead.

Training for a 24-36 race has taught me about being inspired. When it’s 5 degrees outside at 5 in the morning and you know that you have to get training miles in for your next event, you find out very quickly just how enrolled and invested you are in the race, your goals and your team.

Motivation will only get you so far. Great leaders lead and inspire their teams to act.

Team Sports Can Teach You A Lot About Leadership (Part 3)
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