Recently I read an article in USA Today about Jim Harbaugh, the head football coach at the University of Michigan. The gist of the article was about Coach Harbaugh and his coaching staff attending 11 camps in 9 days in 7 states, including some in the backyard of the Southeastern Conference. Some of the coaches in the SEC and other states aren’t too happy about him invading their territory.
Jedd Fisch, the Wolverines quarterbacks’ coach said, “We are a full court press operation.” He further stated, “That is Coach Harbaugh, you’re going to attack and be aggressive. We’re going to push the tempo. That’s what makes it fun.”
Are you being aggressive? Are you attacking? Are you pushing the tempo? Are you having fun? That’s what real leaders do.
Or, are you sitting on your hands and letting the Jim Harbaughs of the world take your customers from you?
Being aggressive will sometimes annoy the competition. I’ve always found that to be fun.
Better to annoy the competition than one day find yourself owned by the competition. That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs
Without question, some people are luckier than others. It’s not
always true, but some of the time it’s just a fact.
More often than not, luck is a by-product of being prepared.
The more you prepared you are, the luckier you get.
Being prepared means studying your craft.
Being prepared means making some mistakes and moving on.
Being prepared means willingness to change.
Being prepared means listening to other points of view.
Being prepared means getting outside of your comfort zone.
Being prepared is a constant thirst for knowledge.
Being prepared means having lots of residue on your hands.
Many have the will to win. Very few have the will to prepare to win. That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs
If you’re in a leadership position or hope to be so one day and you don’t have a sense of humor then I’d say you are out of luck.
I realize there are people in top leadership positions who don’t have a sense of humor, but I have to believe by and large they are totally miserable people and not nearly as successful as they, and their organizations, could be.
I believe part of a leader’s responsibility is to create a workplace that’s well disciplined, functional, effective and a fun place to work. Just because you display a sense of humor doesn’t mean you’re not serious about your work or have lost your discipline.
It means at any given moment you know how to inject humor to lighten up the joint.
Working in a place of business without a sense of humor is like working in a room with the lights off. Humor turns the lights on and adds an unmeasurable element to the organization.
Back when I was running my dealerships, I personally conducted cultural training to make sure every team player knew the mission and what was expected of them. I was quick to point out to our new hires, as well as existing staff, that if they didn’t have a sense of humor then it was the wrong place for them to be working.
I stated to them, “If you can’t laugh at yourself, then you’re going be miserable here. So, it might be best if you make some plans to meet some new people at your next workplace.”
So go ahead, laugh at yourself. It’s ok, it really is and those around you will be better off for it and so will you. That’s all I’m gonna say. Tommy Gibbs
I recently had a tripod set up in my office working on a video for a proposal for the NADA convention. Not being satisfied with it after several takes, I decided to let it rest a few days before coming back to finish. Rather than put the tripod away I just left it standing in the middle of the office.
For several days all I did was walk around it. It would have taken little or no effort to set it aside and out of the way. But nope, I just kept walking around it.
It finally dawned on me that’s what some weak leaders do. They know they have a problem or issue and they just keep walking around it. Day after day, month after month, they just keep walking around the issues.
They listen to complaints about it, moan about it, but do
nothing to fix the problem. One of the privileges of being in an upper leadership position is you have the power. You have the power to fix anything you want to fix.
This is especially true if you are the dealer, owner-operator or general manager. In most situations the only person you answer to is yourself. You have the power, which is often equated to you have the money to fix anything you want to fix.
Real leaders fix things. Real leaders move obstacles. Real leaders don’t walk around problems. They attack them, fix them and move on to “next.”
Maybe it’s time you started moving the obstacles that are creating the roadblocks that are affecting your team’s progress.
That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs