BASKETBALL COACH MAKES LIFELONG IMPRESSION ON NBA GREAT BILL WALTON, NBA legend, considers playing for legendary UCLA Bruins basketball coach John Wooden one of the greatest gifts of his life. “Coach Wooden was an English teacher who coached basketball to earn extra money,” said Bill. “He was about the most unlikely person to be coaching us. He never talked about winning and losing, but rather about the effort to win. He rarely talked about basketball, but generally about life. He never talked about strategy, statistics or plays, but rather about people and character. His words and ideas have inspired me my whole career. Coach Wooden never tired of telling us that once you become a good person, then you have a chance of becoming a good basketball player." Wooden is perhaps one of the most remarkable examples of sports leadership ever.
THE CONFIDENCE CODE: CLOSING THE CONFIDENCE GAP Women and confidence: KATTY KAY co-wrote the book on the subject. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know (written with Claire Shipman), created quite a stir when it was released. The science part was rather sobering: women, even in top leadership roles, are more genetically predisposed to lack confidence than men...confidence and leadership don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. The art part was more reassuring: confidence is indeed a choice. The book launched a productive discussion about women and confidence that goes on to this day.
In today’s highly competitive, rapidly advancing business climate, there is an increased emphasis on organizational leadership tactics that will drive real results. And this is for good reason. Now, more than ever, business leaders are realizing that the true power in their organization lies within its employees, and creating an environment where they can succeed should be a top priority. For far too long, there has been a misconception that employee morale, motivation, and productivity are inherent traits to each individual. However, this has been shown to be far from the truth. In fact, the leadership approach an organization takes can make or break them. A prime example of a drastic shift based on an new approach to leading change in organizations is the remarkable turnaround story of USS Benfold Captain Mike Abrashoff.
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“Grateful Red” NBA great BILL WALTON plays drums with Grateful Dead spin-off Dead & Company last week
A LEADERSHIP SPEAKER LIKE NO OTHER I saw MIKE ABRASHOFF, author of the bestselling leadership book It's Your Ship, speak to a group of state administrators from across the country in Orlando recently. One of the top business speakers, the message from this great leadership expert to the audience was simple: you can’t order excellence. You can tell people what they need to do but they don’t have to invest themselves in it. As a result, there's just no guarantee that things will get done the way they should. Instead, Mike offered a different vision of leadership – one that swaps command and control leadership for commitment and cohesion.
Improving confidence of women was the aim of KATTY KAY with her book, The Confidence Code
NEW BUSINESS MODELS CREATE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE The most successful companies today are evolving new business models to create starkly new, more fluid relationships with customers, workers, and owners. They’re rethinking the role of capital (as traditionally defined) and finding they can thrive while owning less and less of it. They are creating value in new ways as they reinvent R&D and marketing. And finally, they’re measuring their performance by new metrics because traditional gauges no longer capture what counts.
SUCCESSFUL CHANGE MANAGEMENT: CREDIT UNION EXECS LEARN MAVERICK RULES A month ago former founding member of Fast Company POLLY LaBARRE spoke to an audience of credit union executives in San Diego. They gathered to re-imagine ways to respond to the changes rocking their industry. Polly’s talk gave the audience a maverick manifesto to change the way they go about changing their organizations. The talk was wildly received.