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Leaders Don't Flop

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Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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Yes, I’m old school. I believe in integrity, hard work and success based on performance. I place tremendous value on honor and fair play and sportsmanship. That doesn’t mean that I’m not competitive; I am. But in business and in life, I compete in a manner that allows me to sleep at night. Please understand, I’m not bragging. That’s just how I was raised. Plus, I’m convinced that doing things the right way ultimately makes life easier.

 

That leads me to the subject at hand, the thing that I can’t stand about modern sports: the flop.

 

What is a flop? By my definition a flop is a physical act by a player that was performed to intentionally deceive a game official into thinking that said player was hit, pushed or in some other manner violated in a way that unfairly disrupts the contest. It is done to gain a competitive advantage, to draw a penalty on the opposing team – when they don’t deserve it. A flop is sort of a testosterone-spiked cocktail consisting of equal parts lying and acting – with a dash of shamelessness.

 

Sports today is riddled with flops. Football, basketball… European football (soccer) is lousy with them; players drop like those little goats that fall over when they get startled.

 

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Think Before You Communicate

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Okay, play along with me for a minute. I’m going to give you six behaviors or characteristics, and I want you to imagine a person you know or visualize a character who possesses these traits:

 

  • Judging (“You’re wrong”)
  • Superiority (“Clearly, I’m better than you”)
  • Certainty (“Don’t confuse me with the facts. My mind’s made up”)
  • Controlling (“Let me tell you how to do things right”)
  • Manipulation (“Gotcha”)
  • Indifference (“Whatever. You’re not important and neither are your ideas”)

 

Who or what came to mind? Male or female? How old was he or she? Did you think of a specific profession or a position that this individual held?

 

Actually, the above list is one that I developed as the “Six Behaviors That Inhibit Communication” and included in my book Risk: A Road Worth Traveling. But when I try to visualize an imaginary character that possesses the above traits, I’ll be honest, I think of a hardheaded football coach from generations ago who is short on intellect and long on testosterone.

 

What’s ironic is that I recently read a story about a leader within an organization who was focused on improving his communication and teaching methods with his younger employees. And of course, this leader was a football coach.

 

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Think About It, Then Do It

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Have you ever had a good idea suddenly spring to mind? One that actually raised your energy level? One that could potentially impact your standard of living? If so, what did you do with it?

 

Did you just wait for the excitement to dissipate and then go back to what you were doing before the idea came to you?

 

Did you identify every conceivable way in which the idea could fail, and then gradually begin to feel deflated?

 

Or did you take inspiration from it – either acting on it, or using it as fuel to find another idea that could enhance your position, your income, your relationship(s) or maybe even your community?

 

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See a Good One

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I cannot overstate the importance of having a vision for your career and personal success. It’s one of the core components of the “Road Map” I discuss in Risk: A Road Worth Traveling; my Just Do It Habit means simply identify your dreams – and commit yourself to chasing them.

 

See your goal; then get after it.

 

It’s not rocket science is it? Yet, there must be a thousand great quotes that stress the significance of having a vision:

 

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. – George Washington Carver

 

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller

 

If you can see it, and believe it, you can achieve it. – W. Clement Stone

 

As someone who regularly tries to keep my dreams in the crosshairs of my daily hunting and gathering, I also look for fresh ways to communicate to my audiences about the importance of having a vision. And I saw one a couple days ago.

 

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And You're F@#%ed

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As I’ve gotten progressively wiser (forget older), college graduation commencement addresses have really grown on me. These speeches have evolved from 30 minutes of platitudes in my generation to a more focused and often entertaining message for new graduates today. And because an important part of my profession is communication, I typically listen to a few speeches each spring. As usual, there were several that stood out.

 

Actor Denzel Washington preached gratitude, goal setting, and putting God first in a very personal and inspiring speech at Dillard University in New Orleans. And I thought former President George W. Bush had the line of the commencement address season at Southern Methodist University when he said, “To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards, and distinctions, I say, ‘well done.’ And as I like to tell the “C” students: You, too, can be President.”

 

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