"Great athletes often have tremendous self-awareness. They have a clear understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. They know when they are attempting to do too much such as using a weaker skill in critical moments of a game. Would Shaq shoot 12 foot jump shots in the last two minutes of a game? Not likely. He would drive to the hoop and use his size and strength."
Image: Salt City Hoops
We've all seen this before - someone on the team made a mistake, and another player or coach smacks themselves in the face to indicate their disbelive that they didn't have the common sense to avoid that. There is a multitude of organizations, books, people, publications, and articles explaining that the basis of great leadership is common sense. Top leadership resources like Forbes claim that common sense is key to successful management. But what exactly is common sense?
"Some sports are ready-made for a discussion about the influence of team culture on individual and team performance. Team sports, such as basketball, football, and soccer, require that time and energy be devoted to building a culture that will lead to success. Without this discussion, the chances of a team being successful are small."
Happy New Year!
Here at Strive, we hope that your new year will be filled with growth and positivity. We recognize that this is also the time of year when people set New Year’s resolutions to jumpstart this process of growth. Unfortunately, as research shows, most people fail to follow through with these resolutions and are left feeling defeated and unmotivated. Strive has a time-tested solution that helps people stick with resolutions, just as it helps athletes stick with their goals for the year. We use this method for athletes and coaches alike.
"Employee teams are one of the best ways to get things done in any business. When you take a group of independently talented people and create a team in which they can merge their talents, not only will a remarkable amount of energy and creativity be released, but their performance, loyalty and engagement will be greatly improved."
This article from MindTools presents 10 of the most common mistakes a leader makes, and gives solutions for avoiding these pitfalls.
Member of the Forbes Coaches Council tell us what to look out for and how to respond.
"Effective teams don't happen randomly. They are the result of strong leaders who lead by example and build healthy habits into the team's dynamic. But sometimes things happen outside of the leader's control, and some problems are harder to spot than others — a lack of diverse perspectives on a team, for example, means a team may be too comfortable to innovate."
Image: Udara Jay
"Have you ever wondered - are people getting smarter or dumber over time? Are we really evolving into more intelligent human beings, or not? And if we are, how do you explain the poor behavior many intelligent people might exhibit from time to time?"
Image: Wharton School of Business
Katherine Graham-Leviss writes for the Harvard Business Review about the difficulty of cultivating innovation as a quality in leaders and organizations as a whole. Leadership development needs to put a heavy focus on developing innovative leaders.
Katie B, left, welcoming student-athletes to Sports Challenge 2016.
This past summer, as most of my math and economics classmates interned with big banks and insurance companies, I found myself in the office of a small nonprofit whose mission is “to spread the power of character-driven leadership.” That all sounded great, and as excited as I was for my summer with Strive to begin, I really just needed a resume filler, as I didn’t think my pizza-serving experience was going to get me very far post-grad. Little did I know, eight months later, I would still be working for Strive and continuing to learn about myself and what it means to work with others.