Author: Drew Sanders

Rising Leader 6: The Swing State

Part of your plan to make more money is to lead and manage others. Gelling, coming together, and the unique notion of Swing need to become tools in your bag. Why is getting to a “Swing” state so hard and why do we long for it? Quick, think of the best team you were ever on? Now think about the next group of teams that you were on that were also amazing? Take those two groups, add them together and now divide them into the total number of teams you have been on since you were five. Chances are...

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Rising Leader 5: Adaptability

As you look to re-position yourself from a salary person to someone who is looking for a variable compensation structure, you need to find the teams that are looking at an old game through a new lens. Take a look at the Golden State Warriors and how they have adapted to become one of the best teams in the last four years. Adaptability The Golden State Warriors haven’t just taken the NBA by surprise they’ve knocked it completely on its side. From our vantage point it is another example of highly adaptable Bay Area executive talent deploying a winning...

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Rising Leader 4: Hakuna Matata

One of the challenges of groups is that they often will pull a high individual performer back to the mean. That is why teams eat groups for lunch. Watch out for this type of Culture Killer in your midst. Culture Killer “Hakuna Matata” Several client engagements have us focusing again on culture, and we have started to catalog a few subtle Culture Killers. One particularly subtle virus we picked up is the “I am too cool to care”, or “it’s just a game” attitude. Have you ever noticed this on any of your teams? It typically shows up when...

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Rising Leader 3: Speed

How fast can you team up with others? The duration from group to team when you are around could be an asset. Learn how to communicate it and live it. Speed Everywhere you look companies and teams are looking for speed: foot speed, communication speed, and speed of delivery of goods and services. Recently we started to notice a correlation between teamwork challenges and the duration of the team itself. In youth sports the average season is 16 weeks long, an eternity for the player, but a blip on the screen for an adult. In work environments temporary workers...

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Rising Leader 2: Resiliency

Right next to having a good understanding of culture is developing your own plan for being resilient and developing that trait in those around you. Leaders are those people who make sure the team gets a win, not just themselves. This requires patience and purpose. Resiliency Are you resilient? Why? Do you know enough about your own resiliency process to pass it on to a teammate or a loved one? When presented with the first question, we find many people will answer yes, when asked the latter two, many, including us, start to stammer. Our research into this topic...

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