A few mortals find enlightenment by following the leader. For the rest of us, enlightenment often arrives in the form of a sharp crack from God’s 2×4. The University of Michigan’s basketball team received one of those “God gifts” this week when they survived an aborted takeoff and then overshot the end of the runway. They crashed through a fence, ran across a road, and ended up in a ditch. Burning rubber, fuel, and fear filled the plane. What happened next is a remarkable lesson in leadership.
I am an Idea Machine – Ideation is my number one StrengthsFinder® talent. While I was watching TV on Monday, I saw a marvelous GE commercial on how the corporate world responds to people who generate ideas. It absolutely knocked me off my feet. The Idea is represented by a creature that looks like an offspring between Big Bird and a peacock. It is repeatedly kicked to the curb, locked out of the building, and trashed as being undesirable until, morose and deflated, it walks through the doors of GE.
In honor of America’s Labor Day holiday, I’m celebrating people who labor less to achieve more. These talented individuals leverage their strengths. Case in point: Usain Bolt runs the 100 meter dash in 41 steps, fewer steps than anyone else in the race. 100 meters divided by 41 = 2.44 meters per stride. For those of us who went to Romeo High School, that equals eight feet. Eight FEET! With each stride, Bolt covers ground that is longer than some cars! This gives him a distinct competitive advantage. He labors less to win more – which is exactly what you should be doing to achieve your maximum potential. Here are a few thought starters.
It’s been almost a month since my book, Destination Unstoppable, was released. I’ve sold hundreds of copies and have ordered hundreds more for upcoming client engagements. But that’s not where I’m finding JOY. I’m finding joy in the journey – and isn’t that the way we truly experience success?
Greatness is elusive. It’s like mercury, constantly shifting and forming in unexpected ways, responding to the changing influences, cultures and values in our life. Imagine if greatness were grounded in one simple principle: being a better teammate. What would that look like?