- 1. Stop placing your job above your family.
- 2. Stop doubting yourself.
- 3. Stop believing the lies.
- 4. Stop settling for second best.
- 5. Stop procrastinating.
- 6. Stop making excuses.
- 7. Stop standing paralyzed in awe of the success of others.
- 8. Stop tippy-toeing on that line of sin.
- 9. Stop being consumed with what other people think.
- 10. Stop waiting until tomorrow to do the things you can do today.
- 11. Stop limiting your dreams. Dream BIG!
- 12. Stop treating people how you don’t want to be treated.
- 13. Stop worrying about what people think.
- 14. Stop being quiet when you know your supposed to speak up.
- 15. Stop trying to fit in, you were made to stand out.
- 16. Stop focusing on others. Look in the mirror!
- 17. Stop asking for permission.
- 18. Stop giving the least to those that matter the most.
- 19. Stop being scared of failure.
- 20. Stop saying “I Can’t!” – Remember: Can’t never could!
Share your thoughts on any of these 20 and feel free to add more to the list.
Here is a 5 minute “Manager vs. Leader” video that I shot a couple of years ago. It’s the video that keeps on giving (150,000+ views). I constantly receive feedback, quotes, comments and notes from college professors and students about it being shared in their leadership classes.
I thought it might encourage you today. (side-note, the video is only in one channel, if anyone knows how to fix that without removing YouTube views, let a brotha know.”
Those of you who have followed me for awhile, know that I’m a fan of 2 sports teams: OU Sooners and OKC Thunder. Additionally, I’m also a fan of great leadership, leadership lessons and seeing people realize their leadership potential. The Oklahoma City Thunder are a young franchise filled with young players. Fortunately for Thunder fans like myself, neither of those two factors has limited their success. The Thunder have been very successful and I’m a true believer that everything rises and falls with leadership, in this case the Thunder have risen because of great leadership and having great players is a part of great leadership.
I thought I would share 7 Leadership Lessons From The Oklahoma City Thunder.
- 1. Size Doesn’t Matter - Although Oklahoma City is a small market team, that has not prohibited them from being successful in comparison to the Big Boys. Not only did the Thunder make it to the NBA Finals last year, they are consistently outranking NBA franchises in all areas from much larger markets. They have been voted by ESPN The Magazine as best franchise in sports, Kevin Durant ranks #3 in Jersey Sales, #12 in NBA Franchise Values…
- 2. Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number – The Thunder were the youngest team in the NBA last season and are still at the top of the youthfulness meter this year. The Thunder get it done with a young franchise, young GM, a young coach, young players and a veteran named Derek Fisher who is obviously young at heart.
- 3. Release and Reload – In just a few years the Oklahoma City Thunder have released more players to greatness than some teams will ever see. Some notable players they have released in the last year or so include some of this seasons NBA Stars, all of who played or are still playing in the playoffs: James Harden, Nate Robinson, Jeff Green, Eric Maynor, Daequan Cook… The bottom line is the Thunder has a strong enough leadership culture/supporting cast that they can truly release and reload, while staying lean with salaries.
- 4. Hungry Hungry Hippo – The Thunder remain hungry and have a hungry swagger about them. When Kendrick Perkins showed up from the Celtics, the Thunder didn’t just have a sense of hunger, they developed a sense of toughness that was needed to compliment the hunger. To top that off, Russell Westbrook’s me against the world swagger is just the right seasoning for the team leader and currently injured point-guard extraordinaire to keep the team pressing full steam ahead. It’s contagious!
- 5. Development – Development is crucial when it comes to leadership. Many thought Russell Westbrook was drafted too high and couldn’t play point-guard in the NBA. Obviously the 2-Time All-Star has crushed those thoughts, as he has developed into being one of the best point-guards in the NBA. (He may not be be a “traditional” point guard, who needs traditional when you are great?) Hasheem Thabeat was drafted high and could never seem to get on the floor when he was with the Memphis Grizzlies; however since he arrived in Oklahoma City, he has put up career highs in almost every category and has been a key ingredient off the the bench all season. The Thunder have been praised by their use of the d-league system. Their d-league team is just an hour and a half away in Tulsa and players have been known to play in the d-league and get some playing time for the Thunder all in the same week. Derek Fisher was brought in not only for his contributions that we have seen in the playoffs, but to help develop both Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson (it’s hard to argue with 5 rings and more playoff games than every NBA player besides a few.
- 6. Look Into The Future – The Thunder Leadership have tremendous foresight. Whether it’s seeing the unreached potential of a rising Serge Ibaka and signing him to a max deal, the realization that it would be almost impossible to keep James Harden around, to re-signing Derek Fisher this year which proved to be one of the more Big Time decisions ever, with the loss of Russell Westbrook.
- 7. Culture Trumps Everything – The thunder has a unique culture, a culture that aligns with the culture and values of the city and the fans. At the end of the day “We are about team, we are about community.” It was nice to see the free Thunder t-shirt represented by every fan during Game 1 with the Grizzlies, simply said “Community” across the chest. Other free playoff t-shirts in the past have said “We Are One” “Thunder Is Community” “Rise Together” you get the picture. Culture is so critical, a great culture will bring out greatness in everyone. Money + Great Players + Big Cities ≠ greatness. If you add the 7 things on this list, you are destined for greatness.
The Thunder may have a little ways to go before they can take out the already crowned repeated NBA Champions Miami Heat. They are definitely close and are clawing at their heals. Greatness takes time to achieve and leadership is the only road to greatness. Don’t worry about size, age, losing key pieces to the puzzle, simply stay hungry, develop what you have, have some foresight and remember culture is crucial. For the record, this Thunder fan isn’t crowning the Heat. The easiest way to fall is to think that you have already arrived.
Do any of these resonate with you and your organization? Share your thoughts?
Chris Kelly, one-half of the 1990s kid’s rap duo Kris Kross, died Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital after being found unresponsive at his Atlanta home. He was 34.
I had to explain to my boys who Kris Kross was and I had to show them this video to give some perspective. I think backwards pants and should come back in style for youngsters.
Do you remember KrisKross? Did you ever wear your clothes backwards? Tell the truth.
Most of us have worked for leaders that are for all intents and purposes are not very good. I actually learned a lot in my early days of leadership from some really bad leaders. Not only were they bad leaders, they were oblivious to the negative affects of their poor leadership. There are many signs that a leader is not a good leader and I have identified 11 Signs below.
The reason I attribute these signs to not being a ”Good Leader” is because a leader has to at least reach the mantle of being a “Good Leader” before they can be a ”Great Leader” Here are 11 Signs They Are Not A Good Leader… Remember ”They”could be you!
- 1. they are not willing to fail.
- 2. they only talk and never listen.
- 3. they don’t develop and produce other leaders.
- 4. they micro-manage; that’s management not leadership.
- 5. they are insecure or threatened by someone that they lead.
- 6. they are not willing to follow and learn from those that they lead.
- 7. they are focused on pleasing people and what people think. Consumed with whether or not they look good to their superiors.
- 8. they don’t genuinely care about the people they lead and have difficulty getting people to follow.
- 9. they are willing to make the wrong decision, because of the fear of fall-out from making the right decision.
- 10. they only dream about being like so and so, instead of being the best they can be.
- 11. they don’t embrace the reality that the culture they create trumps all of the little vision talks and rah-rah cheers. Culture eats vision for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
They either ”don’t do” or “are not working towards” the 5 Things Next-Level Leaders Alaways Do!
Share your thoughts on any of these “11 Signs” and add to the list!
My friend Pastor Miles McPherson has released a great new book called “God In The Mirror.” If you don’t know anything about Miles, he’s a former defensive back for the San Diego Chargers – turned your youth evangelist – turned Senior Pastor of The Rock Church in San Diego. He has some very unique stories and life experiences, all of which have shaped his life and have helped him to truly understand that God created him in His image.
Miles illustrates that God created image this way, “We’re designed to actively pursue and reﬂect the glory of God through our lives. Like diamonds, we can only reﬂect the light that shines onto us; we have no twinkle of our own. The only light shining onto our image, our spiritual diamond, is the light of God’s glory, which is projected onto us each and every day.”
Below is an acrostic featured in God In The Mirror Book to help walk you through your personal IMAGE Journey. This provides an outline for your journey through the book.
The IMAGE Journey
I = Individually Unique
You’re unique, one of a kind. No one can take your
place in God’s universal design.
M = Moral Mirror
You’re created to reﬂect God’s moral character, His
heart, mind, and holiness.
A = Authority to Rule
You’ve been empowered with the authority over your
physical and spiritual environment, not people.
G = God’s Friend
You’ve been created to have, as a friend of God, an
intimate, loving relationship with Him.
E = Eternal
You’ve been designed to live forever with God.
Do you find yourself finding your identity in what other people think? Do you look in the mirror and not like what you see? Is there a gap between what the Bible says you are and who you think you are? Do you want to look in the mirror and be pleased by what you see? Do you want to look in the mirror and know that what you see is pleasing to God? You should read God In the Mirror. This book is a great reminder and tool to truly understand our purpose and reach our God-ordained potential.
“Your purpose is important, intentional, and God ordained. Consequently, God has made very speciﬁc promises and commitments just to you. He’s designed you to fulﬁll your unique purpose in life. He created you to stand out as one of a kind—unlike anyone on earth—so please stop trying to ﬁt in and be like everyone else. You’re not like everyone else. God is equipping and preparing you to live an individual and unique life, re-ﬂecting the aspects of God that you were ordained to reﬂect.” ~Miles McPherson
It’s time for you to really embrace and discover the You that God created You to be, pick up your copy of God In The Mirror today.