Great leaders know one of their most important contributions, even before selecting talented players is to pick the right players. Picking the right players doesn’t mean necessarily picking the most talented. It means picking nice people, coachable people who are passionate about what they are doing.
How many times in your career have you observed really talented people fall on their face? You’ve seen it in sports, business and the movie industry. Often in the car business they can sell the heck out of cars, but, but, but…their ego, their lack of discipline or some flaw causes them to crash and burn.
A leader’s job is to slow the process down. Make sure the entire organization understand the culture, the mission and what type of team members have the best chance to succeed within the organization.
When you pick the right team members…they succeed…the organization succeeds, which creates powerful momentum. Momentum becomes a driving force, a motivating force to push on, do it again and again creating an unbeatable formula for success. That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs
One of the great disconnects among leaders is the mindset that they don’t need to be responsive to others-unless it’s something they deem urgent in their own minds.
This lack of responsiveness minimizes the expectations and intentions of the person who asked for a response. The leader’s response is important to them, otherwise they wouldn’t have asked for it in the first place.
As a leader, if you receive an email, phone call, letter or text message, it should be handled in the most expeditious manner possible. There’s a difference between just missing something and intentionally not reacting to it.
The problem goes even deeper when you tell someone you are going to do something and you don’t. Be a person of action. Be a person of doing. Be a person of doing it now.
We get more respect and trust when we do what we say we are going to do, when we say we are going to do it. That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs
I know a little bit about NASCAR racing, not a lot, but a little bit. Believe it or not I’ve raced late model stock cars and modified cars. Ain’t no rush like it.
One of the things you may or may not know about racing is that the air pressure in the tires is set to a lower air pressure at the beginning of the race because as the race gets going and the tires heat up it causes the size of the tires to expand.
The left side tires and the right side tires are set at different tire pressures so that the inside tires (the left side) are smaller than the right side tires which helps the car turn through the corners. If you’re not familiar with this concept take a typical water glass and turn it on its side. Push the larger end of the glass counter clockwise and notice how the glass will turn in a circle. The inside of the glass is smaller thus it turns.
You may have noticed that when a caution flag comes out during a race you will see the drivers weaving back and forth before the green flag comes out. They do this for two reasons: 1. to get debris off the tires and 2. even more important is to get as much heat and expansion in the tires as possible. So, the moral to the story is you have to keep the heat in the tires if you wanna go fast.
That’s the same deal for leaders. Leaders know they have to keep the heat on if they wanna go fast. Keeping the heat on doesn’t mean beating people up. Just as in racing if you beat people up, bang on the other guy’s car you are probably not going to win the race…even if you win, you’ve caused problems for yourself down the road.
Same deal for you…putting the heat on in the wrong way, beating and banging on people may get you a win once in a while, but you will lose a lot more than you win.
When done correctly and in the right situation, keeping the heat on is a good thing. That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs
Show Up On Time-Yep, it’s that easy, just show up on time. Showing up on time is more than just showing up for work on time or showing up for a meeting on time. It’s also about being timely in your actions and activities.
Counted On-Yep, can I count on you? That’s the question everyone around you is asking about you. They don’t come right out and actually ask you that, but it’s at the forefront of their mind. You have to be counted on. Are you real? Are you who you say you are and do you do what you say you’re going to do?
Paying Attention-It’s easy, just pay attention to what’s going on around you. Take the blinders off. Paying attention doesn’t just mean listening to the big boss, it means listening and paying attention to all those around you. It means an eye for the details. It’s as simple as picking a piece of paper up off the floor, spotting an empty space on the front row, or noticing the down mood that David the lot attendant may be having today.
I’m on time, you can count on me and I’m always paying attention. That’s all I’m gonna say. Tommy Gibbs