Are You Struggling With Lust?

Lust will shipwreck a leader. Does today find you struggling to keep your appetites in check?

Lust takes on different forms, but the end result is always the same. Emptiness.

Lust is defined as “a passionate or overmastering desire or craving.”

Are there areas in your life where you have failed to master your appetites? Maybe you have a hunger for power? A craving for cash? A desire for pleasure?

The problem with lust is that, unlike Snickers, it never satisfies. It is always an illusion of what “might” be.

The Bible refers to this illusion in Proverbs 27:20. It reads, “Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man.”

Did you catch that? The eyes are never satisfied!

There will always be a newer make and model; a latest and greatest product; a sleeker and sexier person.

Don’t buy the lie. Remember, the eyes are never satisfied.

If you want to be a leader who leads with integrity, you must find your satisfaction in something other than what you see. Lust will never bring you what you want and it might eventually be your undoing.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What are some areas that you see leaders being lured by lust?

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Are You Chasing Flawless?

A few weeks ago, the definition of flawless was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Without fanfare, perhaps the greatest lineman in NFL history, Walter Jones, took his place among football immortals. According to Jones, the gold jacket was an unlikely ending to his life in football. In his own words, “All I ever wanted was to make it to the NFL.”

Jones, who played only for the Seattle Seahawks, did more than make it. He was simply great. During his amazing career he proved to be a 6’5, 325 pound, wall on the left side of the Seahawks offensive line. As a left tackle he was virtually perfect.

Consider that Jones was responsible for protecting the quarterback on over 5,500 passes during his career, and yet yielded only 23 sacks. Or, how about the fact that Jones made it to the Pro Bowl 9 times, the same number of times he was flagged for holding during his entire 13 year career.

When asked about his big left tackle, Seahawks coach, Mike Holmgren said, “Walter is the best offensive player I have ever coached.” By the way, in case you didn’t know, Holmgren coached Jerry Rice, Joe Montanna, Steve Young, and Brett Farve. Talk about high praise!

Walter demonstrated the physical toughness to impose his will on his opponents. His training regimen included pushing an SUV on hot summer days at his Alabama home. But Jones toughness was not merely physical. Perhaps more importantly, he possessed the mental strength to also do his work the right way, without shortcuts.

When I think of Walter Jones, I am challenged to reach for excellence in my own work.

Big Walt ended up in Canton because he chased greatness. Day by day, one practice and one snap at a time. As you lead today I encourage you to focus on flawless on your field. Give your team the best you have and then show up tomorrow and do it again.

Who knows? You might become a legend too.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

Why do you think some leaders reach for greatness while others settle for being good?

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Stars Don’t Win Championships, Cultures Do

October. The very word brings to mind one thing (and it has nothing to do with candy). No, it’s baseball.

This week I am using my time to encourage leaders in an unlikely place … a baseball instructional league. While the MLB playoffs are taking place on the big stage, I’m hanging out with a group of first year hopefuls down in sunny Florida.

Instructional League

The thing that has captured my attention as I have spent time with world class coaches for the past couple of days is their relentless commitment to foster a championship culture among the recruits.

If you listen to the media you will be convinced the key to winning a championship is to fill your roster with high paid superstars. You would be wrong.

Stars rarely win championships, healthy cultures usually do.

In baseball, Buster Posey is the only player in either league to win an MVP and a World Series during the same season in over 25 years. Why? Because stars don’t win championships, cultures do.

Can you say San Antonio Spurs?

Whether it’s baseball, basketball, or business, those who create the strongest, most healthy, culture gain a tremendous competitive advantage.

How much time do and your team spend working on your culture, revisiting the vision, values, and strategy? If you focus more on results than you do your culture, don’t expect to like where you end up. You are headed for mediocrity.

Remember, teams don’t drift their way to championship results. They build a winning culture and then protect it.

Is it time to create an instructional league for your team?

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

In your opinion, what organization has a great culture?

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Are You Focused on Success?

When it comes to evaluating staff, do you focus on success or failure?

Author Bobb Biehl has written some of the best material on evaluating staff I have read. Biehl reminds leaders, “80 to 90 percent of all your evaluation should be focused on the positive — what they’re doing right, not what they’re doing wrong.” He goes on, “An evaluation is meant to help a person look good, not to make them look bad. Evaluation is more preventive than corrective.”

How are you doing as an evaluator of your team members? Do they look forward to evaluation day or do they view it as judgment day?

Great leaders believe in their direct reports and inspire them through encouragement. Mediocre leaders look for mistakes and play the blame game.

If you want to be a better leader, start with being more positive with your team. Make them look good and they will make you look good!

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

Which comes more natural for you during evaluations — focusing on the positive or looking for mistakes?

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Ball Caps in Big D

The past few weeks I have had flashbacks to my days of living in Texas. It appears the Dallas Cowboys are once again relevant.

While perhaps we should slow the roll a bit on thinking the Cowboys are back to early 90’s form, the reality is they are playing better. 

As a leader I am always interested when an organization can turn things around. In the case of the Cowboys, from my vantage point there is a clue as to how they are doing it. No surprise. It’s leadership.

CowboysI picked up the first indicator that something was different a couple of weeks ago when the Cowboys beat the New Orleans Saints 38-17 on Sunday Night Football. The clue was not in the team’s dominance, but rather in quarterback Tony Romo’s post game behavior.

It happened during an interview with NBC’s Michelle Tafoya. As she was set to talk to the star of the game, Demarco Murray, Romo noticed that Murray had his hat on backwards. Without drawing attention to himself, Romo gently reached up and turned Murray’s hat around to face forward. This from a QB who for the past several years has been “Mr. Hat on Backwards,” himself.

While this might not seem like a big deal, it was huge. It served as an indicator of maturity and leadership on Romo’s part. 

Now, before you think this is about how a guy wears his hat, let me say I couldn’t care less. I have been known to wear the old ball cap backwards myself. 

No, this was about responsibility. This was about recognizing the world was watching. This was about understanding their culture has been flawed.

While I’m not really a Cowboys fan, I am a fan of leadership. It will be interesting to watch the season play out and see if America’s team can rise above mediocrity and become a contender. If I had to guess, I would predict they just might.

Why? Because they have themselves a leader who is giving attention to the ball caps in Big D.

If you want to raise the level of performance on your team, I encourage you identify what the ball caps are in your world and give them some attention. Make sure everyone is held accountable to the details and watch what happens. Like the Cowboys, you will be on your way to a winning season.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What is your opinion of the turnaround with the Cowboys?

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